Assistant Nick Nurse frontrunner to land Raptors job

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse remains the frontrunner to land the team’s vacant head coaching job, according to a report from TSN.ca.

The Raptors are also considering San Antonio Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, as well as EuroLeague coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.

Nurse was among the first candidates interviewed by team president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster after the Raptors fired Dwane Casey, who had been the head coach since 2011.

Toronto had the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this year with a regular season record of 59-23, but were swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second-round of the playoffs for the second consecutive postseason.

Casey compiled a regular season record of 320-238 with the Raptors, but was just 21-30 in the playoffs.

Nurse joined the Raptors’ coaching staff in 2013 and has been in charge of running the offense.