The Indiana Pacers have relieved Nate McMillan of his head-coaching duties, the team announced Wednesday. McMillan earned 183 wins over four season with Indiana, but only went 3-16 in the playoffs during his tenure. The team and McMillan had announced a one-year extension to the head coach’s contract only two weeks ago.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Indiana would have interest in Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni if he becomes available:
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni — in the final year of his contract — will be an Indiana target should he become available, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
D'Antoni isn't an inexpensive hire and that'll be a question for Pacers and small market teams with league revenue stagnant in pandemic: How far will they go to pay a coach? Indiana also plans to search pool of those they'd consider 'program builders' over long-term, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
McMillan previously served as head coach of the Seattle Sonics (2000-2005) and Portland Trail Blazers (2005-2012).