Report: Trevor Gleeson expected to join Raptors coaching staff

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Former National Basketball League head coach Trevor Gleeson is expected to join Nick Nurse's coaching staff with the Toronto Raptors, reports The New York Times' Marc Stein.

Gleeson, whose coaching career dates back to 1990, most recently led the Perth Wildcats from 2013-2021. The veteran Australian bench boss won five championships and two NBL Coach of the Year awards during his tenure with the Wildcats.

"It’s been an unbelievable eight-year journey, it exceeded my expectations on every level. It’s very much mixed emotions to be leaving players and coaches that I love, as well as the organization and the staff," Gleeson said.

"But I know it will be a happy chapter of my life when I look back on it. I’m ready for this next adventure."

Gleeson recently requested a release from his contract with Perth to pursue an NBA coaching opportunity, which the team accepted.

The Raptors recently saw assistant coach Sergio Scariolo depart the organization after three seasons to take a head coaching gig in Italy. Former assistant Chris Finch also left Toronto mid-season to become the Minnesota Timberwolves' bench boss.

Toronto is coming off a disappointing 27-45 campaign. The Raptors did benefit from some lottery luck, moving up to the No. 4 selection in this month's draft.

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