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Report: Toronto Raptors adding Chris Finch to Nick Nurse's coaching staff

It appears as though the Toronto Raptors have found their replacement for Nate Bjorkgren.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are finalizing a deal with Chris Finch to join Nick Nurse's coaching staff.

Finch began his coaching career in 1997 as head coach of the British Basketball League's Sheffield Sharks. He then coached in Germany (2003-04) and Belgium (2004-09) before returning to the United States to coach in the D-League (2009-11). More recently, Finch has been an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets (2011-16), Denver Nuggets (2016-17) and New Orleans Pelicans (2017-2020) in the NBA.

MORE: Fast facts on Finch

As Wojanowski notes, Finch has a history with Nurse dating back to both Europe and the D-League.

"He got the most out of his talent," Nurse once told The Athletic's Eric Koreen about what drew him to Finch. "His teams played super hard. He played team basketball. And he won. He won."

In 2010, Finch was named the D-League's Coach of the Year and won a championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Finch also won a Belgian League championship in 2005, as well as two British League Cup championships and the British League Trophy in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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