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Sources: Sixers to hire ex-Raptors coach Nurse

Sources: Sixers to hire ex-Raptors coach Nurse

The Philadelphia 76ers are hiring Nick Nurse as coach, tasking him with helping to deliver the franchise its first title in 40 years, sources told ESPN on Monday.

The Sixers and Phoenix Suns were engaged with Nurse and his agent, Andy Miller of Klutch Sports, throughout Sunday and Monday, leaving Nurse with a difficult decision between two contending teams, sources said.

Nurse’s desire to coach MVP Joel Embiid and his history with Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey played a significant part in his decision to commit to a deal with Philadelphia, sources said. Nurse separated himself in the interview process, selling a vision for the Sixers centered on Embiid.

He’ll now be part of a Sixers organization working to re-sign James Harden, who is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Nurse has overseen an aggressive style of defense, as the Raptors this season became the first team to record the most steals while allowing the fewest since the stats was initially tracked in 1973-74. Under Nurse, the Raptors also led the league in point per game off turnovers while allowing the fewest.

Embiid becomes the first player to win the MVP and start the next season on the same team with a new coach since the Lakers’ Magic Johnson in 1990-1991.

Nurse will replace Doc Rivers, who was dismissed after leading the Sixers to three trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Sixers lost in Game 7 to the Boston Celtics in this year’s conference semifinals.

Nurse comes to the Sixers after five seasons with the Raptors, with whom he won the 2019 championship and the 2020 NBA Coach of the Year award and posted a 227-163 (.582) record as coach.

ESPN Stats & Information research contributed to this story.

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