The Indiana Pacers are looking for a new head coach after parting ways with Nat McMillan when their 2019-2020 season ended.
With the team looking for a new head coach, a report surfaced that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is on their list to be interviewed for the head coaching job.
The Las Vegas oddsmakers USA Online Sportsbooks currently has coach Hammon at +750 odds to take the job.
The odds for coach Hammon becoming the next Pacers coach are the shortest odds compared to how she fairs with the other open head coaching vacancies. However, the +750 odds put her towards the bottom of the possible candidates for the head coaching job.
Other notable names on the oddsmakers’ list include former Detroit Piston Chancey Biillups (+500 odds), former Spurs coach Ime Udoka (+1000), current Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni (+550 odds), and former coach Mark Jackson (+800 odds).
The Pacers interest in Hammon should not come as a surprise. She has been linked in the past to other head coaching jobs (Bucks, Knicks).
Coach Hammon has been an assistant coach of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for six seasons. Assistants to coach Pop usually have a history of getting head coaching vacancies.
"I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff. Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs," Popovich said when the team hired Hammon.
She coached the Spurs' summer league team to a Las Vegas Summer League championship in 2015 and split head coaching duties with assistant coach Tim Duncan in the 2019-20 season. She also served as head coach during a Spurs scrimmage game against the Bucks at the NBA's Orlando bubble.