The Trail Blazers have officially announced the mutual parting of ways with coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons together.
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a statement. “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 became Blazers coach in 2012, and is the only NBA coach for star guard Damian Lillard. The Blazers are coming off a loss to the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs — their fourth first-round exit in five seasons.
Still, Portland has made eight straight playoff appearances in Stotts’ nine seasons.
“We are all grateful for Terry’s contributions and his nine years with the Trail Blazers,” said team owner Jody Allen. “I appreciate his steadfast dedication to the players, the game, and the broader Portland community. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Stotts, 63, owns a 402-318 record in Portland. He has also served as head coach of the Bucks and Hawks, and carries a 517-486 record in 13 seasons overall.
Adrian Wojarowski of ESPN first reported the breakup of Stotts and the Blazers.
Stotts addressed his status with reporters after the Blazers were eliminated by the Nuggets in six games.
“My job security? I’m under contract … I’m sure just like at the end of every year, we are all evaluated,” he said. “The players, coaches, management, we are all evaluated. We will see what happens. At the end of the season, when you lose, everyone is evaluated. When we lost to New Orleans (in 2018), got swept by New Orleans, we were all evaluated. So we will see what happens.”