Nate Bjorkgren is out as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers after only one season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pacers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 34-38 record, their final loss since the 2014-15 campaign. Then they went on to lose to the Washington Wizards in the play-in tournament.
Bjorkgren took over for Nate McMillan last October. Wednesday’s news comes after several reports questioned his future in Indiana. Wojnarowski reported last month that Bjorkgren had “significant work to do with his relationships between players from across the team and with some members of the organization.”
Athletic Shams Charania and Sam Amick then he said how Bjorkgren’s management style had become problematic and caused tension in the locker room.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Pacers are showing interest in former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts as their next bank manager.
It is unclear to whom else the Pacers may be heading. However, it is almost certain that they will hire someone with an entirely different management style from Bjorkgren.