Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Indiana Pacers and Nate McMillan are finalizing a contract extension. McMillan has one year remaining on his contract currently.
McMillan coached the Indiana Pacers to a surprising season last year as they exceeded all reasonable expectations and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to the brink of elimination in the first round of the playoffs.
The extension will extend the life of McMillan’s current contract by two years which would be through the 2020-21 season.
Behind McMillan, Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison, Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis all had the best seasons of their career last season. This year the challenge will be pushing the team to a higher level with higher (at least external) expectations than the previous year.
The Pacers will be looking to show that this next season wasn’t a fluke and so will McMillan, whose team in the final Paul George season struggled to meet expectations but also had a roster that many players that are no longer in the NBA just two seasons later.
It seemed this news was inevitable as soon as the offseason began as Pacers President of Basketball Operations got choked up and emotional when talking about the job that Nate McMillan did. The two were together previously in Portland and clearly enjoy a good working relationship.
An extension had previously been reported to be happening sometime in the Summer by the Indy Star.