Terry Stotts And The Trailblazers Part Ways
Following their fourth first round playoff exit in five seasons, the Portland Trailblazers and Head Coach Terry Stotts have mutually agreed to part ways.
A 27 year coaching veteran, Stotts leaves the Trailblazers as the second winningest coach in franchise history with 402 wins since his debut as the Head Coach in 2012. He also currently holds the longest active streak of consecutive playoff appearances with eight.
Since the news has emerged, the Blazers are eyeing up multiple options to replace Stotts, including Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups and Jeff Van Gundy. Although the Blazers were never able to make deep playoff runs under the guidance of Coach Stotts, his consistency in getting to the playoffs and the number of wins he has amassed in the franchise has earned him the respect he deserves from other coaches and players in the league as well as the Portland Franchise themselves.
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” said Neil Olshey, Portland's President of Basketball. “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.”