As Stotts and the Trail Blazers Part Ways, Lillard Gives His Preference of the Next Coach

After nine seasons as the Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts and the Trail Blazers organization have mutually parted ways. The decision ultimately came after this year’s first-round exit against the Denver Nuggets (4-2). Throughout the 2013-2021 tenure, Stotts led the Trailblazers to the playoffs eight out of the nine seasons.

Stotts finished his career with the Blazers with a 402-318 record, a .558 win percentage. With the heartbreaking loss in the first round, it may not have been a shock to see Stotts leave. Although Stotts’s tenancy with the Blazers is up, he is still an experienced coach. Stotts may not have to wait much longer for another opportunity for a head coaching job though. The Orlando Magic have an interest in Stotts after parting ways with Steve Clifford. Stotts has also caught the eye of the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are currently facing a difficult decision on if they should continue to move forward with their current coach, Nate Bjorkgren.

As far as the future for the Trailblazers and the head coaching position, Damian Lillard recently spoke about the job and who he would prefer in the spot when he said, “Jason Kidd is the guy I want.” There are reports that the Blazers are allowing Lillard to influence who the team should hire as their next head coach, so one could assume that the Blazers have heard his request. This statement from Lillard is as clear as you can get. It is also possible that Lillard could be observing how the Brooklyn Nets are currently doing with their ex-player and now head coach in Steve Nash, but only Lillard can speak on how he feels.

There’s also speculation that Lillard’s future may not be with the Trailblazers. There have been multiple reports that teams around the league have been monitoring the Lillard situation quite closely. By not hiring a coach Lillard prefers, he could be out of Portland shortly afterward.