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Pacers hire Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as next head coach

Bjorkgren had spent the past two seasons in Toronto after being an assistant for the Phoenix Suns.

Coach Nate Bjorkgren of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League game on July 9, 2016 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

The Indiana Pacers are hiring former Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren as their next head coach, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday afternoon. Bjorkgren had spent the past two seasons under Nick Nurse with the Raptors. Before that, Bjorkgren was an assistant coach for two seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He will take over for Nate McMillan, who was fired after the Pacers were swept by the Miami Heat in the playoffs.

With the Pacers hiring Bjorkgren, the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder are the only remaining teams in the NBA without a head coach. The Clippers inked Tyronn Lue to a five-year deal last season to be head coach, taking over for Doc Rivers, who joined the Philadelphia 76ers. The Chicago Bulls hired former Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to take over for Jim Boylen.