Trail Blazers, Stotts agree to part ways after nine seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Portland Trail Blazers have mutually agreed to part ways with long-time head coach Terry Stotts. He led the team for nine seasons.

Stotts departs the team after the Trail Blazers were eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs. This was the fourth time in five years that the Trail Blazers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts reacts during a game against the Phoenix Suns
Terry Stotts reacts during a game against the Phoenix Suns (Getty Images)

“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said in a statement. “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.

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“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.”

Stotts has the second-most wins in team history behind Jack Ramsey. As the Trail Blazers head coach, he went 402-318.

This season, he guided the Trail Blazers to a 42-30 record. Under Stotts, the team made the playoffs eight straight times.

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With Stotts no longer the coach, the team will look for their new head coach. The new leader may face a new roster, as the current Trail Blazers team will likely face changes that may include Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the team’s two stars.

“We are all grateful for Terry’s contributions and his nine years with the Trail Blazers,” Trail Blazers Chairwoman Jody Allen said. “I appreciate his steadfast dedication to the players, the game, and the broader Portland community. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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