Nate McMillan Rumors
Although sources have not confirmed, potential candidates for the Pelicans’ vacancy could include former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Warriors current lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Pacers assistant and former Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, former Sacramento Kings and Pelicans assistant Mike Malone, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin,University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy.
Vinny Del Negro, one of three candidates who interviewed to replace Karl when the Nuggets ultimately hired Shaw, also is expected to be on Denver’s radar, league sources say. Nate McMillan, who replaced Shaw on the Indiana bench under Frank Vogel in 2013, is another intriguing name.
Jason Jones: Names you could hear as new coach: Karl, Nate McMillan, Alvin Gentry. Kings will also look at assistant coaches, explore colleges, etc. Also, Kings will look to see if any good coaches (like the one in Chicago) might become available. Another reason to wait on a new coach. I’m not predicting anything in Chicago, just pointing out the Kings have reasons to not make a change now.
Two NBA teams with head coach openings have reached out to the representatives of Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan, league sources informed CSNNW.com at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night.
Contact was made merely on an exploratory basis to gauge his level of interest, said a source who requested anonymity. Being that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams currently without a head coach, I think it’s safe to speculate that they inquired about McMillan.