Overlap emerges in Pacers, Bulls' head coach targets

USA Today

The Indiana Pacers are set to begin interviews for their coaching search, and a number of their targets overlap with Bulls candidates.

On Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported 14 names the Pacers will seek permission to speak with, headlined by venerated San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger.

While the Bulls haven't been publicly linked to either, they have been linked to Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Miami Heat assistant Dan Craig, Philadelphia 76ers assistant Ime Udoka, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant David Vanterpool and Dallas Mavericks assistants Jahmal Mosley and Stephen Silas — all of whom are on the Pacers' list. Udoka, according to The Athletic, is also a candidate for promotion in Philadelphia.

The Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, 76ers and, as of Tuesday, Oklahoma City Thunder all have coaching vacancies to address this offseason. The Brooklyn Nets had one, but filled it with Steve Nash on Sept. 3.

If Mike D'Antoni opts not to return to the Houston Rockets when his current contract expires after this season, that would be a high-profile opening as well. D'Antoni has been reported as a Pacers target by Wojnarowski should he leave Houston.

The Pacers fired Nate McMillan on Aug. 26, 14 days after announcing a one-year extension with him. McMillan has said he plans to take a year away from coaching.


The Bulls, meanwhile, are working to complete their first round of interviews, with an extensive list of candidates of their own. 

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