Raps to move for a second round of head coaching interviews: report

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The Toronto Raptors are advancing to a second round of their head coaching interviews, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

According to Smith, a source noted that team president Masai Ujiri has narrowed down his list of candidates to three, with final interviews now being scheduled. As such, the said number of hopefuls wasn’t independently confirmed.

After dismissing Nick Nurse days after they failed to advance from the 2022-23 Play-In Tournament, Toronto executed a wide range of top coaching hunts under Ujiri. Sacramento Kings associate head coach Jordi Fernandez, ex-Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash, Spanish mentor Sergio Scoriolo, ESPN analyst J.J. Reddick, and Las Vegas Aces tactician Becky Hammon are notable names that were tagged to the franchise.

The Raptors, who enjoyed a three playoff runs and an NBA title back in 2018-19 from the five-year stay of Nurse, are set to welcome an intriguing summer with all eyes within the league watching their plans to their main core composed of Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Jakob Poeltl and Scottie Barnes.

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