Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said Athleticism that he likes Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd and Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups as potential replacements for coach Terry Stotts.
The Blazers and Stotts have mutually agreed to go their separate ways, the squad ad Friday.
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished over the past nine seasons,” said President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “It was a tough decision both personally and professionally, but it’s in the franchise’s best interest to move in a different direction.
“Terry will always hold a special place in the Trail Blazer family and the Portland community. We have relied on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he brought to the job every day and we wish him and Jan nothing than the best. “
Stotts, 63, has been coaching the Blazers since 2012. In nine seasons, he led the Blazers to a 402-318 regular season record and made the playoffs for the past eight seasons, compiling a 23-44 record. . He also coached the Hawks from 2002-2004, which was 52-85, and the Bucks from 2005-2007, where he was 64-87, including the playoffs.
Entering this year’s playoffs, sources say Athleticism that the Blazers had to go for a new coaching voice unless Stotts had a strong playoffs. Portland fell to the Denver Nuggets 4-2 in the first round.
In May, Athleticism reported The Kidd, Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan, 76ers assistant Dave Joerger, Billups and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry as potential training candidates to replace Stotts .
For more on Lillard’s comments and the Blazers’ coaching research, check out the Go Deeper section below.