Pacers fire McMillan 14 days after renewing him

Due to Indiana's poor performance in the playoffs, eliminated 0-4 by the Miami Heat, the franchise has changed plans. McMillan leaves with a record of 183-136.

The Indiana Pacers announced on Wednesday the dismissal of Nate McMillan after the elimination of the franchise at the hands of the Miami Heat (0-4). "On behalf of the Simon family and the Pacers leadership, I would like to thank Nate for his years leading the team," said Kevin Pritchard, president of Pacers Operations, in a statement. "It has been a very difficult decision to make, but we believe that the best thing for the franchise is to move in a different direction. Nate and I have been through good times and bad and it was a great honor working with him during these eleven years." Apart from Indiana, Pritchard and McMillan also met in Portland.

The dismissal comes just days after the Pacers and McMillan agreed to extend their contract. This happened on August 12, but then Indiana was swept by the Heat in the playoffs and the franchise board changed plans. McMillan has not been able to count on Domantas Sabonis in the resumption of the season, who had to leave the bubble due to fasciitis and lost Víctor Oladipo at the close of the regular season.

McMillan came to the Pacers in 2013, first as an assistant and then as head coach. In his four seasons at the head of the team he has had a positive balance. He closed his time in Indiana with 183 victories in 309 games (136 defeats), being the third coach with the most victories in franchise history. Throughout his career (he also managed the Seattle Supersonics and Portland Trail Blazers), he has a record of 661 wins and 588 losses, 17-36 in the playoffs.

The Pacers will have to look for a new coach and, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, they already have a candidate. This is Mike D'Antoni, currently on the Houston Rockets bench, but in his final year of contract. If you decide to leave Miami, the Pacers would open their doors wide for you.

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