Terry Stotts Rumors
The trade will not become official until Monday because the NBA league offices are closed on weekends. But a little red tape didn’t stop reality from hitting the Blazers, and as they practiced Sunday in Tualatin, the mood was heavy and the emotion fresh. McCollum described the vibe as “different.” Coach Terry Stotts said things were “more solemn” than normal.
“I went in early to the facility to start cancelling my checkbook, my credit cards,’’ Plumlee said. “And someone said, ‘Neil wants to meet with you.’’’ When Plumlee arrived at the office of Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations, coach Terry Stotts was also in the office. “They told me I wasn’t going to practice today,’’ Plumlee said. Plumlee, the Blazers’ starting center who was having a career season, had been traded to Denver for 22-year-old center Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first round pick.
Kevin Pelton: With Evan Turner out 5-6 weeks, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said both Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton could see rotation minutes.
Coach Terry Stotts can text with me, but not for attribution. He’d be reprimanded from the Vulcan Mothership for that. In fact, Stotts’ agent Warren LeGarie told me once that the issue came up during the interview process. Stotts, who has chronically apologized for this, can’t either appear on the radio show, per Allen’s directive. Nor can he grant a 1-on-1 interview to me at the arena. Group interviews are permitted.