Rumors have swirled for the past month or so that the Portland Trail Blazers were close to signing head coach Nate McMillan to a contract extension, and now it has happened.
The Blazers sent out a press release today that announced they have signed McMillan to a two-year contract extension. The move was obviously done to keep McMillan from becoming a free agent coach this summer when several jobs could open up.
Despite a ridiculous amount of injuries (five players have had a knee operated on this season alone) and turmoil within the organization, McMillan has steadily produced results on the court. He has a 234-239 record in six seasons in Portland, but that includes a 21-61 record in his first year on the job.
The constant injuries to his roster – most notably to Brandon Roy and Greg Oden – have derailed what looked to be a budding juggernaut in Portland. McMillan certainly can’t be blamed for those injuries and he definitely deserves the chance to continue with the Blazers.
McMillan is 46 years old and was also an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski on the US National team at the 2006 FIBA World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.