By Daniel Reynolds
The Raptors may have a new head coach, but he’ll be without much of a staff heading into next season. As reported today, Rex Kalamian, Toronto’s defensive architect, has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to presumably fill a similar role on Doc Rivers’ staff. The recently promoted Nick Nurse was, of course, also a Raptors assistant, and now he’ll have to fill more than his old position.
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Kalamian joined the Raptors in 2015, and helped shore up the team’s tactics on their way to becoming one of the better defensive teams in the league. Did those methods fall apart in the 2018 playoffs? Uh, yes, but also, Kalamian is still an in-demand assistant coach — he’s been a solid presence in Denver, Minnesota, Sacramento, and Oklahoma City, prior to his stint in Toronto.
The broader narrative here for Toronto is an interesting one. The Raptors had three assistant coaches, plus Jerry Stackhouse (a one-time assistant and then G League head coach), in their stable. In the process of firing Dwane Casey and promoting Nurse, they’ve lost both Stack and Kalamian, and now have only Jama Mahlalela as a holdover from the previous regime....