The Indiana Pacers are set to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season under head coach Nate McMillan and though some though his tenure could be coming to a close soon, the Pacers have other plans. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers have agreed to a contract extension with McMillan. McMillan had one year left on his contract prior to this latest extension.
Though no details about extenstion length or compensation have surfaced, this latest move proves that McMillan isn’t going anywhere. Prior to joining the Indiana Pacers as the associate head coach in 2014, McMillan spent over six seasons as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
This year, the Pacers have fought their way into playoff position yet again despite being hammered with numerous injuries to their backcourt rotation. Star guard Victor Oladipo has played in only 18 games this season while Jeremy Lamb suffered a season-ending injury in February. Malcolm Brogdon has also been in and out of the lineup, missing 18 games due to various injuries.
However despite missing some of their better guards and also All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis, Nate McMillan has them positioned to make noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The postseason is set to kick off next week with the Pacers likely facing off against the Miami Heat in their first round matchup.