Terry Stotts’ first year with the Portland Trail Blazers. His squad fought through injury and an extremely tough conference to finish with a record of just 33-49.
In year two, however, Stotts and the Blazers completed turned things around. Under Stotts’ guidance, point guard Damian Lillard grew into one of better guards in the league and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge looked like a legitimate MVP candidate for a large part of the season. That combination, along with several impressive role players, help the Blazers finish with a record of 54-28 and earn the fifth-seed in the West. They then upset the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets in six games before bowing out to the San Antonio Spurs in five games Wednesday night.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Blazers are close to rewarding Stotts for his work.
After a remarkable franchise turnaround, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is nearing agreement on a multiyear contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Blazers hold an option on the third and final year of Stotts’ contract for 2014-15, but that’ll likely be torn up and replaced with the new deal.
Stotts is 87-77 with the Blazers and 201-245 in his career.