I Trail Blazers and longtime head coach Terry Stotts they mutually agree on part, second Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN.
The Blazers have confirmed that Stotts will not return in the press release. In a statement, Neil Olshey, president of basketball operations, said:
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons. This has been a difficult decision on a personal and professional level, but it is in the franchise’s best interest to move in another direction. Terry still has a particular place in the Trail Blazer family and in the Portland community. We rely on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he has brought to work every day and we want him and Jan to be the best. “
Stotts, 63, has been the team’s leader since the 2012-13 season. Portland qualified for the postseason in eight consecutive seasons but made the conference finals only in 2018-19, when they were swept by the Warriors.
Clippers Assistant Chauncey Billups, ABC broadcaster and former Rockets / Knicks chief Jeff Van Gundy, former chief and current Network assistant Mike D’Antoni is a former coach at the University of Michigan Heat assistant Juwan Howard should receive consideration for the work, Wojnarowski reports.
His quick exit into this year’s playoffs was unexpected. They were facing a team of apparitioned Nuggets, while all their beginners were healthy. Despite some stellar performances from Damian Lillard, the Blazers were eliminated in six games.
Lillard has played under Stotts throughout his career. The All-Star guard will have a big say on Stotts ’replacement, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
In his nine seasons with Portland, Stotts has accumulated a regular season record of 402-318 (.558). However, the Blazers went 22-40 (.355) in those postseason appearances. Stotts has one more year guaranteed on his contract, with a team option for 2022-23.