Toronto coach Nick Nurse will take time within the low season to think about if he needs to return to the Raptors for a sixth season or pursue different choices.
With the Raptors below .500, Nurse’s title has been linked to different teaching jobs and there have been stories Toronto could possibly be prepared to maneuver on from the coach who led them to the 2019 NBA championship.
Nurse joined the Raptors in 2013 as an assistant and was promoted to go coach in 2018 after Dwane Casey was fired. Nurse would enter the ultimate yr of his contract subsequent season.
“I feel I’m targeting this job, for positive, and this recreation,” Nurse mentioned Friday. “But I feel that 10 years is an efficient time to sit down again and mirror somewhat bit, proper? I feel we will do that every one when the season ends.”
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The Raptors fell to 38-39 after a 117-110 loss to the 76ers on Friday evening and are in ninth place within the Eastern Conference. They would wish to get to sixth place over the ultimate six video games to keep away from the play-in match. They play the following 4 on the highway.
“It’s been a troublesome season from a lot of standpoints,” Nurse mentioned.
The Raptors have weathered a number of key accidents this season to rebound to .500 for the primary time since early December. But this low season could possibly be a pivotal one for the Raptors, who’ve remained stable below Nurse even because the workforce has suffered key losses similar to Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan since profitable the franchise’s solely NBA title.
“I’m going to take a number of weeks to see the place I’m at,” Nurse mentioned. “Where’s my head at, simply see how the connection with the group is. It’s been 10 years for me now, which is a reasonably good run. I do not know, over these 10 years, we have to be up there with variety of wins for anyone within the league. I do not know what it’s, however we have had numerous good seasons.”
Nurse mentioned discussions with president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri and normal supervisor Bobby Webster about his future might be tabled till the low season — which he hoped might nonetheless be a fruitful one.
“My head is to make this as lengthy a season as potential,” Nurse mentioned. “This workforce wants playoff expertise. That is the place I’m at proper now.”