After four seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, the team has announced Nate McMillan has been let go as head coach. The decision comes two weeks after the Pacers announced a contract extension for McMillan and just two days after the Pacers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs.
The team released a statement Wednesday:
“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).”
McMillan compiled a 183-136 record in four years at the helm, after serving as associate head coach under Frank Vogel from 2013-2016. McMillan has an overall head coaching record of 661-588 with three organizations, after beginning with Seattle and also leading Portland for seven seasons. The 56-year old has the third-most wins in Pacers NBA history.
The Pacers were bounced from the first-round playoff series by the Miami Heat during a four-game sweep. The Pacers finished the season 45-28
The team says the search immediately begins for a new head coach.