Raptors announce Nurse's new assistant coaches, including Toronto's Mitchell

The court is illuminated at Scotiabank Arena ahead of an NBA Finals game. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trevor Gleeson, Earl Watson and Toronto's Nathaniel Mitchell have been added to Nick Nurse's staff as assistant coaches for the Toronto Raptors, the team announced Monday, while Eric Khoury is returning in a similar role after spending a pair of seasons coaching Raptors 905.

Meanwhile, lead assistant Adrian Griffin returns in the same role, whole assistant coaches John Corbacio, Jon Goodwillie and Jim Sann, along with player development consultant Jamaal Magloire, all return, too.

“This staff brings different coaching backgrounds to our team, and I think that’s really important," Nurse said of the additions and returning coaches, via a team release.

"There’s a diversity of thought, there’s a bunch of varying opinions, and that leads to creativity on the court and off. I think that’s going to serve the Raptors really well and we’re looking forward to getting out on the court together with our team.”

Gleeson spent the past eight seasons as coach of the Perth Wildcats in Australia, while Watson — who played 13 years in the NBA — spent time guiding the Phoenix Suns as both an assistant and head coach.

Mitchell, a Toronto native, spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, and has also in the past coached Raptors 905 and the Canadian men's national squad, among others.

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