Fort Wayne Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey named Indiana Pacers Summer League head coach

Fort Wayne Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey walks the sideline during the December 4, 2017 game against the Reno Bighorns.(Photo by Dan Vance of The News-Sentinel)

When the Indiana Pacers take the court in Las Vegas in July, it will be Steve Gansey, the head coach of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, that will lead them — as announced Thursday.

“I am extremely honored to lead the Pacers during the summer in Las Vegas,” Gansey said in a release. “This is an opportunity I have been looking forward to since I got into coaching in the G League and can’t wait to grow the already cohesive relationship between the Pacers and the Mad Ants.”

All 30 NBA teams will be participating in the Vegas summer league, which will be the first time ever that all teams will play in the league. Games will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.

Gansey is currently 79-71 in his career after three years as the head coach of the Mad Ants. The team won a division title last season and were the number-two seed in the Eastern Conference. The option on his contract was picked up last May, when he then moved to Indianapolis for the summer of 2017 where he worked closely with the Pacers organization.

Seven different players spent time under both Gansey with the Mad Ants and on the Pacers roster last season. Several of them could show up on the Pacers’ summer league roster.

The Pacers will play twice on ESPN2 during the summer league: against San Antonio on July 7 and against Cleveland on July 9. They will open summer league play on July 6 against Houston in a game airing on NBA TV. Rosters will be announced in coming weeks after next Thursday’s NBA Draft.

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