Terry Stotts, Steve Clifford Remain Among Top Candidates For Pacers Job

Terry Stotts and Steve Clifford continue to be among the top candidates for the Pacers’ coaching vacancy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Stotts mutually parted ways with the Trail Blazers after the season, and Clifford did the same with the Magic a day later. The Pacers fired Nate Bjorkgren after just one season.Terry Stotts

While Stotts and Clifford are on the Pacers’ radar, team president Kevin Pritchard is expected to cast a wide net in the coaching search.

For instance, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star wrote that Mike Budenholzer would be at the top of the list should the Bucks decide to part ways after the playoffs — something Wojnarowski mentioned as a possibility.

Michaels also listed former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw as a likely “serious candidate” for the Pacers.

Stotts, 63, began coaching the Blazers in 2012 and 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.

The Blazers made the playoffs in eight straight years under Stotts, a product of Bloomington North (Ind.) High School.

Clifford, 59, led the Magic to the Southeast Division title in his first season with the organization in 2018-19. The Magic also made the playoffs in 2020 before entering full rebuild mode late this season.

Overall, he compiled a 96-131 mark in Orlando. He also coached Charlotte five seasons prior to coming to the Magic.

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