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Report: Indiana Pacers assistant Nate McMillan to be named team's new head coach

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The Indiana Pacers surprised a lot of people when they opted not to renew the contract of Frank Vogel despite a solid season that ended with a sixth place finish in the East and, ultimately, game seven heartbreak against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.

And, in looking to replace the departed head coach, it looks like the Pacers hierarchy is planning another somewhat unexpected move.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Indiana are close to announcing that Nate McMillan - an assistant coach with the franchise since 2013 - will be promoted to the head coach role.

With Pacers General Manager Larry Bird having claimed late last week that the coaching search hadn't even begun yet, today's reports suggest it has been a very brief operation.

Early favourites for the job had included the likes of Mike D'Antoni and Mark Jackson, but McMillan does have plenty of experience as a head coach in the NBA.

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Experience

Before joining the Pacers as an assistant in 2013, the 51-year-old former guard coached the Seattle Supersonics between 2000-2005 and Portland Trail Blazers between 2005-2012.

His overall head coaching record is 478-452 and, excluding the 2011-12 campaign in which he was fired mid-season, McMillan recorded six winning seasons in 11 attempts.

Having worked under Vogel for the past three years, McMillan clearly has knowledge of the Pacers roster.

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However, some are surprised to learn of his impending appointment because he is often associated with a slower paced game, something that was believed to have contributed to Vogel's exit.

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