Perth Wildcats championship winning head coach Trevor Gleeson will join the Indiana Pacers coaching staff at this year’s NBA Summer League.
Gleeson flies to Indiana this weekend where he will join the squad for a training mini-camp, before flying to Las Vegas where the Summer League begins on Friday 5 July.
“It’s the elite, the NBA is the best competition in the world, and to be a part of that program to get some ideas and see the latest technologies and the latest trends – anything we can transfer to our league – is exciting,” said Gleeson.
“It’s also an opportunity to get to know the players. The Summer Leagues have been pretty good to us in the past, this gives you an inside look at how coachable the players are, and their attitude. Some things you miss when watching from the stands.”
Trevor Gleeson said the connection to the Pacers was made by his international agent, Chris Warren.
He believes it’s an opportunity that the Wildcats will continue ti benefit from in future seasons.
“I’ll have the front row seat to a playoff basketball team. So hopefully we’ll build some relationships that can help both organisations in the long term. I’m looking forward to it.”
In 2017, then Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze linked up with the Pacers ahead of Summer League.
Gleeson will join Next Stars player and former Sydney King Brian Bowen with the Pacers, after he signed a two-way contract with the team last week.
Indiana’s first Summer League game is on Saturday 6 July against the Memphis Grizzlies.