Darko Rajaković Jan 14, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzles acting head coach Darko Rajakovic watches during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Darko Rajaković is finally getting his own team.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Toronto Raptors have reached an agreement with Rajaković to become their next head coach.

Rajaković had spent the past three seasons as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies. Before that, he worked one year as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns and five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Raptors fired Nick Nurse, who led Toronto to the 2019 NBA championship, after the team failed to advance beyond the NBA Play-In Tournament. Rajaković emerged as a late favorite from a crowded field of candidates that included Hall of Fame player Steve Nash, former Raptors assistant and famed European coach Sergio Scariolo, Sacramento Kings assistant Jordi Fernández and former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.

The Serbian is the first NBA head coach born outside of North America.

Rajaković, 44, has been hailed for his skills and patience in player development. He spent two seasons as head coach of the Tulsa 66ers NBA G League team.

NBA fans think Rajaković is a good fit for the Raptors.

[Adrian Wojonarowski, ESPN]

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