Terry Stotts’s nine-year tenure ended Friday night as the Trail Blazers announced that they have decided to mutually part ways with Stotts. Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey addressed the decision to let go of Stotts,
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons, 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.”Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey
The decision to let go of Stotts comes after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs losing to the Denver Nuggets Thursday by a score of 126-115.
In his tenure with the Blazers, Stotts did not have much postseason success with the Blazers. In his nine years, the Blazers only advanced past the second round of the playoffs one time in 2019, advancing to the Conference Finals. Stotts in his nine seasons with the Blazers amassed a record of 402-318. His record with the Blazers ranks second in franchise history behind the late Jack Ramsay.
Before coming to Portland, Stotts was the head coach in Atlanta and Milwaukee. However, the same trend of not having postseason success was also prevalent for those two teams. In his years between Atlanta and Milwaukee, he missed the playoffs three times and made one appearance with the Bucks in 2006.
Stotts ends his tenure in Portland with a career record of 517-486. The Trail Blazers being the second team to have a head coaching opening this offseason. The Trail Blazers should have a wide range of candidates for the Head Coach opening.