Terry Stotts Rumors
If this is a surprise, you haven’t been paying attention. As an organization, the Blazers have been melting since their playoff exit. Coach Terry Stotts was cut loose. Sources say billionaire Jody Allen plans to sell the team. The Blazers are prominent in trade rumors.
Sean Highkin: Damian Lillard on Chauncey Billups becoming the new head coach of the Blazers: “With us letting Terry go after nine years, I think our organization was set on getting a leader and someone players respect. They went through that process as they felt they should.”
That domino falling would seemingly clear the way for Kenny Atkinson in Orlando. Word about the Magic’s own head coaching vacancy has been relatively mum of late, but the former Nets head coach and current Clippers assistant has been the loudest name mentioned for Orlando’s open post. It’s believed the Magic are looking for a candidate with previous head coaching experience, and Terry Stotts could also be a strong option for Orlando, sources said. The Athletic reported that Penny Hardaway interviewed for the Magic opening.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pacers are putting a premium on head coaching experience in search. Stotts and Clifford have been consistent playoff coaches in recent years, and Shaw — now coach of G League Ignite — has history as a former top assistant with Pacers.