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Pacers coach Nate McMillan agrees to 1-year contract extension

Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed on a contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

McMillan told reporters that his extension was for one year. He had one year left on his contract before agreeing to the extension.

"I just felt that that was appropriate for both sides," McMillan said before Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets. "Normally I don't do any negotiations until after the end of the season. This has been an unusual season for all of us -- myself, the organization, the NBA. And we've been talking about this and thought that one-year extension was really the appropriate thing for both sides."

Well-respected among his coaching peers for his personal character and hard-playing teams, McMillan has the Pacers positioned as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. He has been credited with maximizing the organization's roster despite several stretches of significant injuries in recent years.

"What Nate has done in four seasons with our franchise merits this extension," Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. "Between injuries and changes in personnel, he and his coaching staff have adapted and produced positive results. He also represents the franchise, the city and our state in a first-class manner."

McMillan will have reached the playoffs in each of his four seasons as Pacers head coach. He is likely to be without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis, who left the NBA's restart in Orlando, Florida, to rehab a plantar fasciitis injury in his left foot. All-Star guard Victor Oladipo is still working his way back to full form from a torn quad tendon in his right knee.

In 16 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Trail Blazers and Pacers, McMillan is 659-588 (.528) -- and 17-32 in eight trips to the playoffs. He is one of 26 coaches to win 600 NBA games.

ESPN's Eric Woodyard contributed to this report.