Blazers Notes: Lillard, Stotts, Jurkic, Olshey, Free Agents

Star point guard Damian Lillard offered a dose of honesty after the Trail Blazers were bounced from the playoffs by the Nuggets.

Speaking to reporters, Lillard indicated that changes would only make sense.Damian Lillard

“I mean, we didn’t win a championship, so obviously where we are now isn’t good enough,” he said. “I don’t know what a shakeup looks like or what changes will be made or could be made, but obviously as is, it wasn’t good enough.

“We came up short against a team without their starting point guard and shooting guard (Will Barton and Jamal Murray). … Obviously, where we are isn’t good enough to win a championship if it’s not good enough to get out of a first-round series with two of their best three or four players not on the floor.”

One of the changes could involve coach Terry Stotts, as multiple reports have suggested his status is very much up in the air. Stotts addressed that talk after the Game 6 loss to the Nuggets.

“My job security? I’m under contract … I’m sure just like at the end of every year, we are all evaluated,” Stotts 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.”

Stotts has been the Blazers’ coach since 2012.

More from Portland

  • Center Jusuf Nurkic is eligible for a contract extension this offseason, but was noncommittal about his future with the franchise. “In the right situation, yes,” Nurkic said when asked if he wanted to return to the Blazers next season. “We’ll see. I don’t know yet, because this is not it.” Nurkic is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.
  • The Blazers should part ways with GM Neil Olshey after he put together a “broken roster,” opined John Canzano of the Oregonian. Canzano also suggested several other changes, including hanging on to forward Robert Covington and guard Norman Powell. “The rest of the roster ends up trade bait,” Canzano wrote.
  • Powell has a player option on his contract, with forward Carmelo Anthony, forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and centers Enes Kanter and Harry Giles entering unrestricted free agency. Forward/center Zach Collins is a restricted free agent.

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