Nate Bjorkgren is out as head coach of the Indiana Pacers after just one season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bjorkgren was informed today of decision to dismiss him, sources said. He met with management on Tuesday. Pacers are expected to pursue a more experienced, established head coach in this process. Bjorkgren lost locker room and much of organization in his one year as coach. https://t.co/FSwxnl66Ed— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 9, 2021
The Pacers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 34-38 record, their worst finish since the 2014-15 campaign. They then went on to lose to the Washington Wizards the play-in tournament.
Bjorkgren took over for 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 "significant work to do with his relationships among players throughout the team and with some members of the organization."
The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick 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.
Indiana Pacers expected to take a look at former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, league sources tell @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 9, 2021
It's unclear whom else the Pacers may target. However, it's almost certain that they hire someone with an entirely different management style than Bjorkgren.