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Report: Pacers considering hiring Chauncey Billups as coach

Chauncey Billups

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 20: Chauncey Billups provides commentary before the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jon Lopez/NBAE via Getty Images)

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After firing Nate McMillan, the Indiana Pacers have begun a coaching search that includes the familiar list of former head coaches and current assistants.

Could Indiana make a bigger splash?

Former Pistons and Nuggets star Chauncey Billups, who has signaled his desire to become a coach, is apparently under consideration.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups has emerged as a candidate in the Indiana Pacers’ coaching search, sources told ESPN.

Billups has no coaching experience. But as the Nets just showed with Steve Nash, that isn’t a deal breaker.

Like Nash, Billups was a star point guard with plenty of skills that should translate well to coaching. Billups connects well with people, communicates clearly and understands basketball on both ends of the floor.

Is he a safe hire? No. But he has the upside of an excellent coach.

After being stuck in the middle so long, the Pacers might welcome the risk.