One candidate for Indiana’s head coaching position? Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren.
According to ESPN’s Frank Isola, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said on SiriusXM NBA Radio that Bjorkgren has interviewed to replace Nate McMillan as the head coach of the Pacers.
Following their loss to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, the Pacers parted ways with McMillan despite coming to terms with him on a one-year extension a couple of weeks prior.
– Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) September 23, 2020
Bjorkgren has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2015. He started with the Phoenix Suns before joining the Raptors in 2018.
Prior to the NBA, Bjorkgren spent time in the G League. He was an assistant coach under Nurse with the Iowa Energy between 2007-11. He then took over as the head coach of the Dakota Wizards/Santa Cruz Warriors between 2011-13, the Iowa Energy in 2013-14 and the Bakersfield Jam in 2014-15.
In a report earlier this month, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that there were “more than a dozen candidates” who were expected to participate in the first round of interviews to be Indiana’s next head coach, a list that included San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and former Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger. Chauncey Billups has also reportedly emerged as a candidate, as has Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown.