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Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Where might former Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle go: 4. Indiana

After a disappointing season in Indiana, the Pacers decided to fire first-year head coach Nate Bjorkgren. Could a return to Indiana be in the fold for Rick Carlisle? He coached the Pacers from 2003-2007, even leading them to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004. Indiana was in the playoffs in three of the four seasons with Carlisle in charge.

The Pacers are loaded with talent, but they just cannot seem to put it all together. Domantas Sabonis is a two-time All-Star. Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon, and Myles Turner give them an elite quartet that should have the Pacers competing for home court in the first round of the playoffs every year.

Rick Carlisle has become known for getting the best out of his players, and that is something the Pacers desperately need. Myles Turner led the league in blocks this season, but his offensive production has dipped. Could Carlisle help him tap into his potential? Sabonis, LeVert, and Brogdon are just entering their primes. Would Carlisle be able to help them take another step forward?

For the Indiana Pacers to find out, they need to pick up the phone and start dialing.

Next: No. 3

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