Terry Stotts Rumors
Damian Lillard had a hard time processing the news Friday that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts and the organization were parting ways. “I love Terry,” Lillard told The Athletic. “And I will miss him as my coach.”
The Portland Trail Blazers and Terry Stotts have mutually agreed to part ways, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. “I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” said Olshey. “This was a difficult decision on both a personal and professional level but it’s in the best interest of the franchise to move in another direction. Terry will always hold a special place in the Trail Blazer family and the Portland community. We relied on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he brought to the job every day and we wish he and Jan nothing but the best.”
The Blazers hoped to let the dust settle on this season before making a decision on Stotts, but Stotts and his agent wanted a quick resolution in the case they needed to explore other opportunities. Stotts is believed to be a candidate in Indiana should the Pacers make a change, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After a fourth first-round playoff exit in five seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers and coach Terry Stotts mutually agreed to part ways on Friday, sources told ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Source: Damian Lillard to have major input on the next head coach. Stotts was the only coach he’s played for in his nine seasons in the league. After the way the season ended, it was time for a change.