The Portland Trail Blazers and head coach Terry Stotts have mutually agreed to part ways after nine seasons, the franchise announced Friday night.
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” said Olshey. “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. 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 went 402-318 in his time with the Blazers is the second-winningest coach in franchise history behind hall of famer Jack Ramsey. Stotts led the Blazers to the postseason in eight of his nine years, but only guided the team past the first round three times.
Stotts was hired the same year that Damian Lillard was drafted by Portland. The two appeared to have a strong working relationship through the years. Lillard grew to one of the top players in the league and became a six-time all-star in the process.