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Report: Toronto Raptors interview a pair of Spurs assistants for vacant head coaching job

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The Raptors reportedly interviewed a pair of Spurs assistants to potentially fill their head coaching vacancy.

Toronto spoke with Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka this week, according to a report by ESPN . The Raptors have also met with three other candidates, the report says.

Messina has been with the Spurs since 2014. He served as a head coach internationally and won four EuroLeague titles prior to joining San Antonio's staff. Messina also interviewed with the Hornets and Bucks this offseason, according to ESPN's report.

Udoka played seven seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, Knicks, Trail Blazers, Kings and Spurs from 2003-11. He has been an assistant under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio for six seasons.

The Raptors fired former coach Dwane Casey in mid-May. He posted a 320-238 record and made five postseason appearances during his seven years with the Raptors. But Toronto has been swept out of the playoffs by the Cavaliers in back-to-back seasons.

Toronto has also interviewed former Casey assistants Nick Nurse and Rex Kalamian as well as current G-League coach Jerry Stackhouse, according to various reports.

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