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Ziller: Nate McMillan Is No. 3 Head Coach On The Market

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Tom Ziller of SBNation.com writes that former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan is the No. 3 head coach on the free agent market. ------------------------------- McMillan was pushed out in the Great Portland Shake-Up Of 2012 as the team struggling to survive, y'know, the most awful string of career-killing injuries in history. Everyone acknowledges that he's a talented coach, despite the molasses-slow pace his teams employ and the fact that he hasn't had a whole lot of playoff success. (The 2005 Sonics are the best response to that complaint. Seattle smoked a good Sacramento team in five in the first round and gave the eventual champs, San Antonio, more than they wanted in a six-game second-round series.) The question is whether there's a proper fit in both directions. You can't see Mac packing up for a team as green as Washington or Charlotte, can you? He's got to want some squad ready to win, like the Knicks or (A+ fit alert) Clippers. Conditions: The Blazers are unfortunately ruled out. ------------------------------- Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan top McMillan. Ziller also writes that Brian Shaw and Flip Saunders could be options for the Blazers. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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