The Pacers were reportedly expected to hire Mike D’Antoni as coach.
But if set on the former Rockets coach, Indiana isn’t acting like it.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Former Thunder coach Billy Donovan interviewed for the Pacers last week, sources said. The Pacers are expected to interview a pool of around 12 candidates, trim the candidates approximately in half, and conduct in-person interviews.
Donovan joins a list of known candidates that’s already way longer than 12:
Former Thunder coach Billy Donovan
Former Kings and Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger
Former Pistons and Nuggets star Chauncey Billups
Warriors assistant and former Cavaliers and Lakers coach Mike Brown
Nets assistant and former Magic coach Jacque Vaughn
Spurs assistant Becky Hammon
Spurs assistant Will Hardy
Heat assistant Dan Craig
Heat assistant Chris Quinn
Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley
Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas
Bucks assistant Darvin Ham
Bucks assistant Charles Lee
Magic assistant Pat Delany
Timberwolves assistant David Vanterpool
76ers assistant Ime Udoka
Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts
Leaving the potentially rebuilding Thunder, Donovan clearly expected to land on his feet. The Pacers are equipped to win now, but maybe only moderately.
Donovan has shown impressive adaptability to his roster. That’d come in handy if Indiana is set on continuing the talented but challenging Domantas Sabonis–Myles Turner pairing.