Terry Stotts’ job not in any danger, no matter how this season plays out
The Portland Trail Blazers have been on rally mode all season long and now find themselves within striking distance of the Memphis Grizzlies for a playoff berth. Yet many around the organization don’t fear head coach Terry Stotts losing his job, no matter how this season ends.
“A source with knowledge of coach Terry Stotts’ situation said there’s no reason to believe he’s in any danger this summer, regardless of how this turns out.”
Stotts was recently given a contract extension through the 2021-22 season after the Blazers made it to the Western Conference Finals last season. hat was followed with long-term contract extensions to their star backcourt of Damian Lillard Lillard and CJ McCollum.
The Blazers have played all season without one of their pillars in Jusuf Nurkic, but many could question they’ve had an even better replacement in Hassan Whiteside, who is averaging 15.8 points, is third in the league with 14.1 rebounds, and leads the NBA in blocks with 3.1 per game.
Yet several of the pieces they acquired this summer (Kent Bazemore, Mario Hezonja) simply have not worked out. The team has adjusted to the injuries of Nurkic, Zach Collins, and Rodney Hood and brought in apt replacements in Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza, all while building up their young core.
This might be a season to forget for the Blazers, but Stotts has done the most he can with the untimely injuries they’ve faced.
Portland is known for valuing continuity in its roster, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Stotts return for his ninth season as the Blazers head coach in 2020-21.