The Indiana Pacers will be looking for a new coach this offseason after getting swept by the Miami Heat in the first round.
As reported by Shams Charania, the Pacers have fired head coach Nate McMillan after four seasons.
“On behalf of the Simon family and the Pacers organization, I’d like to thank Nate for his years with the team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “This was a very hard decision for us to make; but we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to move in a different direction. Nate and I have been through the good times and the bad times; and it was an honor to work with him for those 11 years (in Indiana and Portland).”
This news may come as a shock to Pacers fans, as the Pacers organization and McMillan agreed to a 1-year contract extension just two weeks ago as he had one year left on his contract before agreeing to the extension.
"What Nate has done in four seasons with our franchise merits this extension," Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. "Between injuries and changes in personnel, he and his coaching staff have adapted and produced positive results. He also represents the franchise, the city and our state in a first-class manner."
This is not the first time this has happened to McMillan. When he was with the Trail Blazers, McMillan had signed an extension in 2011 with Portland through 2013 but was fired a year later.
McMillan took over coaching duties of the Pacers prior to the 2016-17 season; and in his four years with the team, he led them to a 183-136 record, including 3-16 in the playoffs. He has an overall coaching record of 661-588, with 17-36 in the playoffs. McMillan's 183 wins as head coach of the Pacers is third in the team's NBA history.
In 16 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Trail Blazers, and Pacers, McMillan is 659-588 (.528) -- and 17-32 in eight trips to the playoffs. He is one of 26 coaches to win 600 NBA games.
The speculation is that the Pacers may want to target one of the NBA's recent firings or Mike D'Antoni, whose contract is up after this season.
The NBA offseason just got a little more interesting.
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