The Blazers mutually parted ways with coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons, and Stotts was Lillard’s only NBA coach. Still, there is no indication that Lillard would like to move on.
“I love Terry,” Lillard told The Athletic. “And I will miss him as my coach.”
Lillard has repeatedly stated he would like to remain and win with the Blazers for the long-term, and has never given any indication he wants to play elsewhere. Quite the opposite.
But that apparently won’t keep opposing teams from at least checking in on his availability.
“Sources say several NBA teams — including those in the top markets — are already intensely monitoring this situation in Portland and how it develops to look for an opening to make trade offers,” Charania and Quick wrote.
Lillard, 30, averaged 28.8 points and 7.5 assists in 67 regular-season games.
Along with Kidd, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, Michigan’s Juwan Howard, Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni are said to be in the mix to replace Stotts, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.