Rumor: The next big move Raptors will make after Nick Nurse contract extension
As part of a tweet sent out on Thursday morning, Marc Stein of The New York Times noted buzz that the Raptors are closing in on new long-term deals for president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it sure sounds like it’s going to happen.
All parties involved are deserving of contract extensions. Nurse led the Raptors to their first championship in 2019, defeating the Golden State Warriors. For his outstanding leadership in that campaign, the 53-year-old Iowa native earned Coach of the Year honors.
Nurse is appreciative of everything the Raptors have done for him:
“My family and I will always be appreciative of Larry Tanenbaum and MLSE ownership for this opportunity. I’m grateful to Masai [Ujiri], Bobby, and the players for their trust and their hard work,” Nurse said. “Toronto has been my home for the past seven years, and I look forward to it being home for many more. I’ve watched this franchise grow and reach the pinnacle, and I look forward to the challenge of helping us win another championship.”
Nurse has racked up a 111-43 record over his two years coaching the Raptors, holding a franchise record with a .721 win percentage.
This season, Toronto put forth a valiant effort in the playoffs. However, they were ultimately sent home in the second round — defeated by the Boston Celtics in a thrilling seven-game series. When Kawhi Leonard left in free agency last summer, many experts counted the Raptors out. Still, Nurse managed to keep a competitive team thanks to their elite defense, strong depth and championship mettle.
The Raptors were among the league’s best defensive squads, they had two players who were named All-Stars and the team continued to develop its diamond-in-the-rough players in OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what sort of offers the Raptors roll out for the rest of their front office. Ujiri and Webster have done a terrific job building this team, and they should be the ones who get the chance to mold it growing forward.