Carlisle, who recently stepped down after 13 years with the Mavericks, has agreed to a four-year contract worth $29 million with the Pacers, MacMahon added.
Carlise was selected from a field that reportedly also included former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, former Magic coach Steve Clifford and Brian Shaw, who spent this past season as coach of the G League Ignite.
As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted, Carlisle was an assistant to former Pacers coach Larry Bird from 1997-2000. Carlisle later became head coach of the Pacers (2003-07), compiling a 181-147 record in his four seasons in Indiana.
He is said to be close with Pacers president Kevin Pritchard, perhaps leading to what became a fairly quick decision.
Carlisle, 61, was the Mavs’ coach during the championship run of 2011 and compiled a 555-478 record with the Mavs overall. Prior to that, he coached the Pistons for two seasons, finishing 100-64 overall in Detroit.
The Pacers are coming off a 34-38 finish, missing the playoffs under former coach Nate Bjorkgren, fired after just one season on the job. Reports said they wanted to hire an established coach, and Carlisle undoubtedly fits such a profile.