January 11, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts watches from the side line during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. The Mavericks won 90-85. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Trail Blazers Announce Terry Stotts As Next Head Coach

The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts to be their next head coach. Stotts previously served as head coach with the Bucks and Hawks.

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Terry Stotts Hired As Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach

The Portland Trail Blazers have finally found their new head coach, as the team announced Tuesday they have hired Terry Stotts to be the 14th coach in franchise history. Stotts had been an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks since 2008.

"Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship," Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said in a team statement. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."

Stotts has been an NBA head coach twice before, serving with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2005 to 2007 and coaching the Atlanta Hawks from 2002 to 2004. He has a 115-168 career coaching record.

"I'm very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history," Stotts said. "I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland."

For more on the Blazers, head to Blazers Edge.


Terry Stotts, Kaleb Canales Named Portland Trail Blazers Coaching Finalists

The Portland Trail Blazers fired Nate McMillan in the middle of last season and, ever since, they've made it clear that they're looking for a new head coach. The search took a bit of a break while they worked on hiring Neil Olshey as the team's new general manager, but it's been back on in full force since last month's NBA Summer League.

In Vegas, the team had plans to interview ten candidates for their vacant position while interim head coach Kaleb Canales -- a former video coordinating intern -- helmed their Summer League squad. It seems they're pretty comfortable with Canales, too, as the Oregonian reports the team's head coaching finalists are him and Dallas Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts.

The Trail Blazers' head coach next season will either be Terry Stotts or Kaleb Canales, The Oregonian has learned, after general manager Neil Olshey on Wednesday informed Steve Clifford and Elston Turner that they are no longer finalists.

This was a pretty lengthy process to settle on their in-house guy and a veteran like Stotts, but at least Portland seems to have done its due diligence.

For more on the Blazers, head to Blazers Edge.


Trail Blazers Have Interviewed 10 Candidates For Head Coaching Job, According To Report

The Portland Trail Blazers were led by interim head coach Kaleb Canales during the NBA Summer League, but while he was doing that, the team's front office was interviewing potential head coaching candidates as the basketball world converged on lovely Las Vegas.

And there were quite a few candidates being interviewed, too.

New general manager Neil Olshey was in town to talk to as many potential coaches as possible and, according to the Oregonian, those candidates come from all over the NBA.

The candidates who are known to have interviewed with Olshey are Indiana assistant Brian Shaw; Golden State assistant Michael Malone; Dallas assistant Terry Stotts; Memphis assistant David Joerger; former Orlando assistant Steve Clifford, who is nearing a deal to be an assistant in Chicago; Phoenix assistant Elston Turner; Atlanta assistant Lester Conner; Miami assistant David Fizdale, Chicago assistant Adrian Griffin and former Knicks and Phoenix assistant Phil Weber.

The search doesn't seem to be ending any time soon, but it seems to have at least taken another step forward while the Blazers' brass was down in Vegas.

For more on the Blazers, head to Blazers Edge.


Portland Trail Blazers Coaching Search Will Be Conducted 'Behind Closed Doors'

The Portland Trail Blazers ended last season with Kaleb Canales as the team's interim head coach after firing Nate McMillan, but the team isn't sure who will be manning the sidelines next season. New general manager Neil Olshey had said Canales is the in-house favorite when he was hired earlier this offseason, but the Blazers are conducting a coaching search regardless.

The team won't make it a public affair, though -- perhaps learning from the Charlotte Bobcats -- as Olshey told The Columbian at pre-draft workouts this week that the search will take place behind closed doors.

Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey asserted Monday that when it comes to the team's coaching search, most of it is going to play out "behind closed doors," which of course means the media will have to do some reading between the lines. And if there was any thing to decode recently, it may be that Kaleb Canales is not quite the "in-house" favorite Olshey declared him to be when took the job earlier this month.

Olshey didn't speak specifically, but he did say Monday that the search would be "exhaustive" and that there are "guys we're targeting." Could Canales be one of those guys? Sure. But while much of the public may have thought this anyway, it doesn't quite appear to be his job to lose.

There are quite a few qualified candidates out there, but if Olshey's going to stay tight-lipped on the process, this search might be difficult to follow until they've found their finalist.

For more on the Blazers, head to Blazers Edge.


There's No Middle Ground With New Blazers GM Neil Olshey

Neil Olshey won't find stability with the Blazers, but he will have a cache of resources at his disposal in comparison with his time with the Clippers. But what will Portland get in Olshey?


Neil Olshey Named Blazers General Manager

Mere minutes after reports emerged that Clippers GM Neil Olshey would leave Los Angeles and be offered the job as the Portland Trail Blazers' general manager, the Blazers have announced Olshey as their general manager.

Blazers owner Paul Allen, who was reportedly at the center of a conflict that led to former Portland GM Rich Cho being forced out in the 2011 offseason, really seems to like Olshey.

"He has the skills and the vision to successfully guide our organization into a new era of Trail Blazers basketball. He’s proven that he can quickly turn around a franchise, and we are confident he can do that in Portland."

Olshey's turnaround in Los Angeles took the Clippers from having the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to winning a postseason series for just the second time in franchise history in the 2011-12 season.

For more on the Blazers, head to Blazers Edge. For more on the Clippers, visit Clips Nation and SB Nation Los Angeles.


Neil Olshey Leaving Clippers, Will Reportedly Be Offered Blazers GM Job

Clippers general manager Neil Olshey, responsible for swinging the trade that brought Chris Paul to Los Angeles, is now on his way out of Orange County. Olshey and the Clippers are parting ways, the team has announced, and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz reports that Olshey will likely head up the West Coast to Portland.

Olshey and the Clippers had previously agreed in principle on a contract extension that would have kept him as Los Angeles' vice president of basketball operations and general manager, but the Clippers say they and Olshey "mutually agreed to end discussions concerning Olshey's future with the team."

Arnovitz reports that Olshey will be offered the general manager position by Portland. Olshey had previously met with the Trail Blazers in London, and was reportedly a finalist to become Portland's first big-name GM since Rich Cho was released in the 2011 offseason.

Olshey had been with the Clippers for almost a decade, and was the architect of the "Lob City" Clips, having drafted Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan, and flipped Gordon to the New Orleans Hornets in the deal that brought Paul to the bright lights of Los Angeles.

For more on the Clippers, who seem pretty well fixed on that "being the second-best team in Los Angeles" thing, visit Clips Nation and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Blazers Might Not Hire Coach, GM Before 2012 NBA Draft

The Portland Trail Blazers lit a few sticks of dynamite on Thursday, canning longtime coach Nate McMillan, trading Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby for parts that won't help the team this season and waiving Greg Oden. Portland seems to be in full-on tank mode, and now figures to have two lottery picks: its own and the top-3 protected pick sent by the Nets in the Wallace deal.

But by the time the draft rolls around in three months, the Blazers may not have a coach or a general manager. (Head scout Chad Buchanan has been running the show on an interim basis.) From Ben Golliver of Blazer's Edge, who tuned into what Blazers president Larry Miller had to say:

Blazers president Larry Miller wouldn't commit to hiring a GM and/or coach prior to the 2012 NBA Draft.

Makes sense. After all, the Blazers have been without a GM for almost a year. You don't really need a coach until training camp next October. Might as well take your time and let the interim staff handle everything.

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