Nate Bjorkgren is out as the Indiana Pacers head coach after just one season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pacers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 34-38 record, their worst result since the 2014-15 season. They then lost to the Washington Wizards in the entry tournament.
Bjorkgren replaced Nate McMillan last October. Wednesday’s news comes after multiple reports cast doubt on his future in Indiana. Wojnarowski reported last month that Bjorkgren had “an important job to do with his relationships with the players on the whole team and with some members of the organization.”
Shams Charania and Sam Amick from Athletic He later detailed how Bjorkgren’s management style became problematic and caused tension in the locker room.
The Pacers are expected to show interest in former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts as their next bench boss, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
It’s unclear who else the Pacers can target. However, they will almost certainly hire someone with a completely different management style than Bjorkgren.