Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
In Portland, there is a growing belief that Jody Allen, the team’s owner, has a strong interest in Becky Hammon, who has been an assistant coach in San Antonio for seven seasons in her quest to become the first woman to serve as a head coach in any of North America’s four major men’s team sports. Neil Olshey, Portland’s general manager, continues to be relentlessly linked to Chauncey Billups.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni will get a second interview for the Portland job this week. Spurs assistant Becky Hammon met Monday for her second and Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups will also meet again with the Blazers this week.
Dwight Jaynes: While two candidates have been widely known as finalists for the Trail Blazers’ coaching job, NBA sources confirm they are not the only finalists. And knowing Neil Olshey, there may be a secret candidate out there who will surprise us all by getting the job.
LA Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon have emerged among the leading candidates and advanced to second interviews in the Portland Trail Blazers’ search for a head coach, sources told ESPN. Both assistants are set for additional meetings with Portland officials in the coming days, sources said.
On the day USA Basketball released its roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the team’s coach, Dawn Staley, answered questions about a potential future job. The South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball head coach, leading Team USA on the Olympic stage for the first time next month, confirmed she has spoken with the Portland Trail Blazers about their head coaching position but didn’t divulge much. “I’ve talked to the Portland Trail Blazers, and that’s the extent of it,” she said Monday. “I’ve talked to them.”