There have been rumors circulating in regards to job security for Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan as of late. In fact, there was even a mention Mike D’Antoni as a potential replacement.
Instead of looking to replace McMillan, the Pacers will be sticking with him as head coach for the foreseeable future. He previously had one year remaining on his current contract.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers have finalized a contract extension with McMillan. The terms of the agreement have yet to be reported in terms of the length and amount of compensation.
Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
McMillan, who had one year left on his deal, finalized a deal in recent days, sources said.
Well-respected among his coaching peers for his personal character and hard-playing teams, McMillan has the Pacers positioned as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. He’s been credited with maximizing the organization’s roster despite several stretches of significant injuries in recent years.
The Pacers have posted a 183-136 (.567) regular-season record during McMillan’s four seasons as head coach, earning a playoff spot each year. The main criticism has been the team’s inability to advance beyond the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Overall, the Pacers appear positioned to be a perennial playoff team in the Eastern Conference under Nate McMillan. It just remains to be seen when they will manage to win a playoff series.