According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, Nurse was on a list of internal candidates being considered that included Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse (who joined the Memphis Grizzlies staff last week) and assistant Rex Kalamian.
His path to an National Basketball Association head coaching job is unconventional, to say the least. 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 came to Toronto fresh off of a NBA Development League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also won a league championship with Iowa, a D-League coach of the year award and worked extensively in Britain. The Pistons lured Casey with a five-year deal that was announced Monday.
This past season he is credited with playing a major role in overhauling the team's offence, finding ways to move the ball more and manufacture three-point shot opportunities. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago.
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.
"I leave here with my head high", he told TSN via text message in May.