NBA

Terry Stotts.

Report: The Portland Trail Blazers will offer head coach Terry Stotts a contract extension

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

The Portland Trail Blazers' season came to an end on Wednesday night as they were beaten 125-121 by the Golden State Warriors in game five of their Western Conference semi-finals series.

There won't be much disappointment in Portland as it was a campaign in which they overachieved and made the playoffs against all odds after losing four starting players last summer including LaMarcus Aldridge.  

Their togetherness and never say die attitude saw them dispel all the pre-season predictions and they displayed these characteristics and went down with a fight against the defending champions too.  

Have your say on GiveMeSport - NBA by taking part in our survey here: http://gms.to/1ZIq9kk

Apart from the game one the Blazers were more than a match for the Dubs and could easily have come away with more than one win had they been able to close games out, as they had double digit leads in several of the encounters.  

Nonetheless, Rip City can go out with their heads held high and look ahead to a bright future led by their talented backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. 

One man who also deserves immense credit is head coach Terry Stotts whose stock has risen considerably with what he's been able to achieve in Portland this year.

Portland Trail Blazers v Boston Celtics

The 58-year-old came second in the Coach of the Year voting and would've won the accolade were it not for the record-breaking success of the Golden State Warriors.  

The Blazers are certainly ready to reward Stotts, though, as reports have emerged that they are willing to offer him an extended contract.

Per Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN, the team's first objective in the offseason is to tie down one of the league's most talented coaches and it could well be the smartest decision the front office will make.

Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

The franchise currently holds a team option on Stotts' existing deal but sources say the two parties will discuss the possibility of extending that beyond the 2016-17 season. 

In his four years with the organisation, Stotts has accrued a record of 182-146 and has guided the team to the postseason in every campaign.

Expectations were low coming into 2015-16 but Stotts and the Blazers exceeded those by finishing fifth in the west with a 44-38 record.  

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

During his tenure, the coach has also been influential in the development of guards Lillard and McCollum, with the latter being named as the league's Most Improved Player recently.

At the end of the regular season, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reported that Stotts had the backing of several players to continue in the role and earn a long-term deal.

"I've had every personality as a coach you can possibly think of," Blazers forward Ed Davis said. "I can't say one bad thing about Coach Stotts, from his coaching style to how he treats people.

"I always say I want to play hard for him every night. I probably want to play harder for him than I do for myself. It's all respect from here."

In a league where players can have a big say in the future of coaches, the endorsement of his players should see Stotts remain in Portland for the foreseeable future.  

Topics:
Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Mason Plumlee
CJ McCollum

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again