Lakers, Cavaliers Interested In Nate McMillan

Nate McMillanNate McMillan has been contacted about vacant head coaching positions, according to Chris Haynes of The Cavaliers and Lakers, who both own lottery picks, are interested in meeting with McMillan.

Mike D’Antoni originally hoped to hire McMillan as an assistant coach, but he chose the Indiana Pacers instead. Now, he may possibly take over the head coaching vacancy in Los Angeles.

The Cavaliers are also interested in former Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan for their head coaching position. Cleveland has already interviewed Alvin Gentry, Mark Price, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, Tyronn Lue, David Blatt and Adrian Griffin.


Two NBA teams with head coach openings have reached out to the representatives of Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan, league sources informed at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night.

Contact was made merely on an exploratory basis to gauge his level of interest, said a source who requested anonymity. Being that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams currently without a head coach, I think it’s safe to speculate that they inquired about McMillan.

As of now, McMillan, 49, has not been brought in for an interview nor is there one scheduled, sources said. Though, that can change any day.

McMillan, 49, has only had five losing seasons in his 12-year run as a head coach. He has coached Patrick Ewing, Gary Payton, Ray Allen, Brent Barry, LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph. McMillan could help develop whichever prospect either team chooses to select with their lottery pick. He is known to be an old school type of coach who never loses his temper, but definitely gets his point across. He also has a great reputation around the league and would be the perfect candidate to turn the Cavaliers or Lakers around.


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