Toronto Raptors and Head Coach Nick Nurse Agree to an Extension

Nick Nurse with Canada's national team, last year. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (10638359et)

Toronto Raptors decided to show their appreciation for head coach Nick Nurse and award him with a new deal. The team announced on Tuesday that Nurse signed a multi-year extension with the organization, although they did not reveal the details of the agreement.

Despite losing superstar Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, Nurse managed to keep the Raptors competitive and lead them to a 53-19 record and No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference this season. Toronto had a solid showing in the playoffs as well but ended up being eliminated in seven games in the conference semis against Boston Celtics.

For his contributions to the Raptors’ form in the 2019/20 season, Nurse previously received the NBA Coach of the Year award.

“Our confidence in Nick just continues to grow, and part of that comes from what we’ve experienced together,” said Raptors’ president Masai Ujiri said in a statement. ” Nick has proved that he can coach on the court and lead in life, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing great things in the future.”

Nick Nurse built his coaching resume serving as an assistant on the college level before embarking on a series of head coaching stints in Europe. Nurse then served with several NBA G League organizations before eventually landing an assistant job with Toronto Raptors.

After the Raptors let go of Dwayne Casey, Nurse took over the head coaching positions ahead of the 2018/19 season and led the franchise to their first NBA title.  

“Toronto has been my home for the past seven years, and I look forward to it being home for many more,” said Nurse after inking the extension. “I’ve watched this franchise grow and reach the pinnacle, and I look forward to the challenge of helping us win another championship.”