Jan 23, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) and head coach Terry Stotts talk in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers to let Terry Stotts go at end of season?


The Portland Trail Blazers looked to be destined for a deep playoff run earlier in the year, but that’s why they play a full 82 game season. Portland’s late season tumble has led to a lot of frustration about the team and the future of head coach Terry Stotts is now in doubt.

Stotts is in the final year of his contract, and a scenario where he’s asked to not come back may be in the near future.

Per the New York Daily News:

But let’s just say that Stotts’ staff is not feeling very good about its chances of returning after sliding down to fifth place in the West and in danger of finishing even lower.

The Blazers need to turn it around in the final weeks, or else this could be a short playoff run, with a coaching change at season’s end.

We can probably expect a retort from the Portland beat writers that refute this report, as local writers hate it when national guys all the way across the country stick their noses in their business. That would also lead to plenty of confusion about this while situation as Stotts has put together a nice season with the Blazers but all of sudden could be out.

The late season skid by the Blazers is troubling though and given that the Blazer wouldn’t have to technically fire Stotts may help them to a conclusion that the head coach and his staff aren’t too pleased about.

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