Updating an item from yesterday that suggested the Toronto Raptors had narrowed their head coaching search down to two candidates, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the "growing expectation" in coaching circles is that Nick Nurse is the choice.
But the team was again bounced from the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Casey was let go shortly after. He won a pair of championships in the British Basketball League in 1996 and 2000, as well as D-League titles in 2011 and 2013.
Nurse takes over a team that had an Eastern Conference-best 59 wins in the season just ended. His path to an National Basketball Association head coaching job is unconventional, to say the least.
Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday.
Mike Budenholzer, former Atlanta Hawks head coach and Spurs assistant, was also seen as a front-runner before being hired by Milwaukee. Nurse will be judged on his ability to guide Toronto deeper into the postseason before its core passes its prime.