The Trail Blazers and longtime head coach Terry Stotts have mutually agreed to separate, in accordance with Adrian wojnarowski from ESPN.
Stotts, 63, has been the team’s head coach since the 2012-13 season. Portland has qualified for the postseason in eight consecutive seasons, but reached the conference finals only in 2018-19, when they were swept by the Warriors.
Clippers Assistant Chauncey Billups, ABC host and former Rockets / Knicks Head coach Jeff Van Gundy, former head coach and current Network assistant Mike D’Antoni and the head coach of the University of Michigan and former Heat assistant Juwan Howard is expected to receive consideration for the job, Wojnarowski reports.
His quick exit in this year’s playoffs was unexpected. They faced a depleted Nuggets team while all of their starters were healthy. Despite some stellar performances from Damian Lillard, the Blazers were eliminated in six games.
Lillard has played with Stotts throughout his career. The All-Star point guard will have an important voice on Stotts’ replacement, according to Chris haynes from Yahoo Sports.
In his nine seasons with Portland, Stotts amassed a regular season record of 402-318 (.558). However, the Blazers were 22-40 (.355) in those postseason appearances. Stotts had one more guaranteed year on his contract, with a team option for 2022-23.