Raptors to interview assistants for coaching vacancy

Along with supposed front-runner Mike Budenholzer, the Toronto Raptors will interview assistant coaches Nick Nurse and Rex Kalamian for their coaching opening, the New York Times reported.

Per the Times, both Nurse and Kalamian will interview Tuesday. Both were members of former coach Dwane Casey’s staff. Casey was fired by the Raptors over the weekend after seven seasons.

Nurse’s forte is offense, with Kalamian more known for his work on the defensive side of the ball.

Nurse coached in the G League from 2007 to 2013, and spent 12 seasons coaching in Europe before that, mostly in the British Basketball League.

Kalamian has been an NBA scout or assistant since 1992, having worked for the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. He has been an assistant in Toronto since 2015.

G League coach and former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse has also been linked to the Raptors opening.

Meanwhile, Budenholzer parted ways with the Atlanta Hawks after the season. He is also considered the favorite for the head coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks.