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Pacers said to have serious interest in hiring Mike D’Antoni

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If the Houston Rockets don’t re-sign head coach Mike D’Antoni this offseason, he could land with the Indiana Pacers.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Pacers—who fired Nate McMillan after the team’s 2020 playoffs bid ended—are said to have serious interest in hiring D’Antoni.

The Pacers are said to have serious interest in hiring Mike D’Antoni to replace the suddenly ousted Nate McMillan, which would give a needed jolt to Oladipo and Myles Turner. But there’s no guarantee they get D’Antoni — even with his contract in Houston about to expire and pressure mounting on the Rockets’ coach with a Game 7 looming Wednesday night against Chris Paul and the Thunder.

What happens if the Pacers don’t get D’Antoni? That’s one of many difficult off-season questions your Pacers face, with Oladipo also eligible for a contract extension and T.J. Warren’s success in the bubble adding to a frontcourt logjam.

The Pacers have been swept in the playoffs in back-to-back years. The 2020-21 season is a big one for Indiana, as the franchise needs to convince All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo the team is committed to improving and winning a title.

Oladipo becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021 and there have been rumors he’s eyeing the Miami Heat.

D’Antoni is one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the NBA. He’s had tremendous success with the Rockets, but general manager Daryl Morey decided not to extend his contract before the 2019-20 season started.

If the Rockets lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, we could very well see D’Antoni and Houston part ways and the former two-time Coach of the Year interview for the Pacers’ gig.