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Heat assistants Craig, Quinn to interview for Pacers head coaching job

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Both Craig and Quinn just completed their fourth season under head coach Erik Spoelstra.

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Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer tweeted Tuesday that Miami Heat assistant coaches Dan Craig and Chris Quinn will interview for the Indiana Pacers head coaching job. Last month, the Heat granted Craig permission to interview for the Chicago Bulls head coach position.

The previous head coach for Indiana, Nate McMillan, was fired after Miami swept the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.

The news immediately led to some speculation on Twitter that if Craig or Quinn get the job, they could vouch for Kendrick Nunn in a potential trade for Victor Oladipo. The Heat have long been rumored to have interest in Oladipo, who will be in the last year of his contract next season.

Craig just completed his fourth season as Erik Spoelstra’s top lieutenant. In December 2019, he coached a game at the Boston Celtics that Spoelstra missed for the birth of his second son.

Quinn, who originally played for the Heat during his six-year NBA career, has gained credit for helping develop Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro during his time as an assistant coach. Like Craig, he has also completed his fourth season as an assistant coach to Spoelstra.