NBA Rumor: Nate McMillan Extension?

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Hawks CEO Steve Koonin hinted after Atlanta’s road win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals that the team will be dropping McMillan’s interim tag following its playoff run. “Nate asked – one of the conditions of taking the job is we do this after the season concludes,” Koonin said on 92.9 The Game’s “Dukes & Bell” on Wednesday. “I’m so pleased on June 23 (that) our season’s not over. It is for 26 other teams; it’s not over for us. So, everything good happens to people who deserve it and will happen in time.”

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Despite recent speculation that Nate McMillan was on the chopping block, that’s never been the case with the Indiana Pacers. He received another year on his contract, for 2021-22, after an “unprecedented” season because of countless injuries, COVID-19 and the NBA restart in Orlando. IndyStar has reported that the results from the restart — the Pacers are 4-2 going into today’s game with the Houston Rockets — wouldn’t have any impact on McMillan’s future.

“I’m looking forward to what we look like with all of those guys,” McMillan said. We haven’t had a lot of time to have them all together.” They haven’t had their other All-Star, Domantas Sabonis, in the restart because of a left foot issue (plantar fasciitis). “My hope is that we will be healthy next year and see what we can do with a full roster,” McMillan said. “I’ll have that opportunity and the organization thought it was only fair. It’s just another year but I’m OK with that.”

Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed on a contract extension, league sources told ESPN. McMillan, who had one year left on his contract, finalized the 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 has been credited with maximizing the organization’s roster despite several stretches of significant injuries in recent years.

“I’m really proud of what Nate and our coaching staff have done,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “Nate is very deserving of this extension. We have a wonderful culture and he has been a big part of implementing that culture. He’s dedicated leader, a very good coach and we’re lucky to have him here with the Pacers.” “I’m very appreciative of Kevin and Mr. Simon (team owner, Herb Simon) for this show of faith in what we are doing,” said McMillan. “Going back two years ago when I was hired, the trust Larry (Bird) and Mr. Simon had in myself and my staff meant a lot. Now with this extension, it’s an affirmation of what we all – front office, coaches, players, staff – are trying to accomplish.”

Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has reached an agreement in principle on a contract extension that will take him through the 2020-21 season, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday. McMillan, who would’ve entered the final season of his original three-year deal, delivered one of the NBA’s most impressive coaching performances last season. In the aftermath of the Paul George trade to Oklahoma City, McMillan led the Pacers to a 48-34 record and a seven-game first-round series against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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