Report: Dave Joerger, others interview this week to be next Pacers coach

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At first it was supposed to be Mike D’Antoni’s job, he was linked to the position even before it was open. Then Billy Donovan got an interview before he took the Chicago job.

Now comes a list of people interviewing this week to be the next Pacers’ coach, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This was always going to be an extensive and open search. Joerger was mentioned as a contender for this job not long after Nate McMillan was fired. Joerger is a strong tactician whose teams perform well, but he clashed with the front office in Memphis and Sacramento. Finch was part of a long list of top assistant coaches expected to interview for the job including Becky Hammon (Spurs), Darvin Ham (Bucks), David Vanterpool (Timberwolves), Ime Udoka (76ers), and more.

After not landing the Philadelphia job (Doc Rivers), D’Antoni is still available to be the next Pacers’ coach. Does Indiana want to pay a little more for a proven NBA coach, or try to find the next Nick Nurse — a creative top assistant who can transform a team?

The cupboard is not bare in Indiana, this is a roster that has Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren, and Myles Turner. Management in Indiana wants a coach who will modernize the offense, getting the team to play faster and shoot more threes (Joerger and D’Antoni have a history of coaching that style, but other coaches can do it as well). Exactly what changes are coming to the roster also will impact the style of play.