HoopsHype Nate McMillan rumors

November 27, 2013 Updates

When Portland acquired one-time All-Star Gerald Wallace via trade midway through the 2010-11 season, McMillan had a tough decision to make. And he made it. It’s one of the only things he regrets during his time as the Trail Blazers coach. “Really, I felt like Nicolas was going to be a good player and a talented player. Again, he was drafted with that in mind, with being a part of the future. Probably the one thing when I look back on my time in Portland that I regret was the decision to take Nicolas out of that lineup and starting Gerald Wallace,” McMillan admitted. “That was something that I was battling with the time I was there. CSNNW.com

“I knew that Nic was going to be the future. I knew Wesley [Matthews] was going to be the future. Those were the two best wings for us. But bringing in a veteran such as Gerald Wallace and trying to convince him to come off the bench and he did for about a week or two. He felt like he needed to be in the starting lineup. I went against what I really believed was right which was Nicolas and Wesley playing with LaMarcus because they defended and they shot the ball at the two and three positions. But we gave him as much as I felt like he could handle at the time.” CSNNW.com

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Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel isn’t wasting much time in his search to fill a recently-vacated assistant coaching slot. Vogel met with former Sonics and TrailBlazers head coach Nate McMillan on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse regarding the position, a source told The Star. The two also went to dinner that night at Mo’s Steakhouse Downtown. Indianapolis Star

June 24, 2013 Updates

Irving wouldn't comment on rumors of a LeBron James return to Cleveland, said he doesn't think about it. Of course, if he did, even that could be considered tampering. The pool of candidates is shallow at this point in the offseason, but league sources made early suggestions such as Brian Shaw, Lawrence Frank, and Nate McMillan, among others. “I think they do have to go young, and Danny [Ainge] is going to want to look like a genius,” a league source said. “Brian Shaw is what I think they’d hire, but I don’t know. Danny might go outside the box a little.” Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, and Shaw, who was drafted by the Celtics in 1988, were teammates during the 1988-89 season in Boston. Shaw, who is an assistant coach in Indiana, was a candidate for the Clippers job. Boston Globe

June 15, 2013 Updates

However, speculation about Rivers becoming the next Clippers coach to replace Vinny Del Negro still isn't a dead issue, the NBA executives said late Friday. Meanwhile, the Clippers were still trying to set up a face-to-face interview with former Portland Trail Blazers Coach Nate McMillan, a meeting that could take place next week, one executive said. Another celebrated coach looking for work is former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. However, one executive said the Clippers "never expressed tremendous interest" in Karl. He is expected to be interviewed for the Memphis job next week. Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2013 Updates

As the Clippers continue their search for a new coach, they remain interested in Lionel Hollins and Nate McMillan, said an NBA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Hollins, the former coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, was scheduled to meet with the Clippers’ front office later Thursday and on Friday to present his case on why he should replace Vinny Del Negro as L.A.’s next head coach, the executive said. The Clippers are still trying to set up an interview time with McMillan, the former Portland Trail Blazers coach. McMillan is “most likely” to visit the Clippers next week, the executive said. Los Angeles Times

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While NBA teams seem to be filling coaching vacancies quickly this week, before the Finals begin, the Pistons are still without a replacement for Lawrence Frank, who was fired in short order after the regular season. The sentiment around the NBA seems to be they will likely choose between former Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Sonics coach Nate McMillan, and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks, who also coached the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trailblazers. Former Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew wouldn't mind an interview with the Pistons, and there had been mutual interest, sources familiar with the situation told The Detroit News. Detroit News

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