Blazers Sign Terry Stotts To Multiyear Extension

MAY 24: The Trail Blazers have officially announced Stotts’ new extension, confirming that it will add two years to the head coach’s contract, running through the 2021/22 season.

MAY 21: Less than 24 hours after they were eliminated from the postseason, the Trail Blazers have agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension for head coach Terry Stotts, tweets Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com. Head of basketball operations Neil Olshey said that the two sides finalized an agreement “20 minutes ago,” Holdahl adds (via Twitter).

[RELATED: Blazers, Lillard expected to agree to super-max extension during offseason]

Stotts, who previously coached the Hawks and Bucks, took over the Blazers’ head coaching job in 2012, which makes him the fourth longest-tenured coach in the NBA. After finishing 33-49 in his first season on Portland’s bench, Stotts has led the club to six consecutive playoff berths, for an overall regular season record of 325-249 (.566).

The 2018/19 season represented the first time that Stotts had guided the Blazers past the second round of the postseason. In their five previous playoff trips, the team was eliminated in the first round three times and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals twice.

Stotts’ contract with the Blazers had been set to expire after the 2019/20 season, so it comes as no surprise that the club would quickly extend his deal rather than asking him to enter next year as a lame duck.

As we detailed earlier today, Stotts hadn’t been thrilled by the fact that Portland chose not to extend him a year ago after his Blazers claimed the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, then were swept by the Pelicans in the first round.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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14 thoughts on “Blazers Sign Terry Stotts To Multiyear Extension

  1. acarneglia

    Good for Stotts! Quietly one of the leagues most underrated head coaches

    • Not sure I agree with you. Did you see the very last play that he drew up in the final game?

      Couldn’t believe that’s the shot the Blazers settled for with 2.2 seconds to go. Falling out of bounds… ball barely made it to the rim.

      Very poor coaching in my opinion.They gave up. They didn’t want to make a two and go for overtime again.

      They went for the three to win or go home.

      Very poor.

      • azcrook

        Possibly the heavy pressure by the GS defense might have ruined the mapped out play sequence……

        • That pressure didn’t help that’s for sure, but you’ve got to get something going to the basket, right?

    • Jason Lancaster

      I’m not saying Stotts is bad, but Lillard is such a pro that he could make a bad coach look good.

      Stotts didn’t get extended last year for a reason…

  2. Meadowlark

    Wish I lived closer. This is what needs to happen in sports more often. LOYALTY.

  3. Meadowlark

    Funny. That’s really funny. You haven’t heard about his homemade chili? Oh, and winning 53 games with a retread center and two of the worst wings in the league. I’d go with the chili myself. We could call Stan Love and see which he’d pick if you like.

  4. Meadowlark

    The photo is of retired Austro-Hungarian WW I naval officer, Gyozo Bohuslav on a gelato reconnaissance mission in Rome. (I still say you could write for a newspaper)

  5. x%sure

    As a newly enjoined journalist I must say your answer simply raised more questions.
    Launching ships from Austria or Hungary does present logitical issues. One idea for train travel involves the use of gelatin enclosed in the rails to reduce friction from the weight of the train. Perhaps this officer had a plan to build their warships in the Alps and slide them down & southward to the sea?

  6. Meadowlark

    You’ve got the idea! The Admiral is an alter ego/foil for my wife and my travel blog (bozlog.com). She went to school at U of O with Stan Love. I predicted Stan would be a perennial All Star (dead wrong) and that Kevin wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans (dead wrong again). “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” . Yes, you’re enjoined.

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