It didn’t take long after the Portland Trail Blazers were swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs for the “murmurs” regarding coach Terry Stotts to begin, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
The mumurs have already started In coaching circles that 10 consecutive playoffs defeats will cost Terry Stotts his job in Portland, but league sources say Orlando would register immediate interest in Stotts if he becomes available
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 22, 2018
The Trail Blazers coach, whose team entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed and was promptly swept by the sixth-seeded Pelicans, has led Portland to the playoffs in each of the last five seasons, posting a 272-220 record in six seasons at the helm. However, his teams have now lost 10 consecutive playoff games.
Stein reports if Stotts is dismissed, the Orlando Magic would have “immediate interest” in pursuing him to be their next head coach. Orlando fired coach Frank Vogel after the regular season ended, but has not been aggressively pursuing his replacement. Former player Jerry Stackhouse is reportedly the only man to have an interview scheduled, though he will also interview with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks for their head coaching vacancies.
Sources: Charlotte and Orlando plan to interview Jerry Stackhouse, coach of Raptors’ G League team, for their head coach openings. Stackhouse also has interview with the Knicks this week.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 16, 2018
Before joining the Trail Blazers, the 60-year-old Stotts was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, having also served as an assistant coach for the Seattle SuperSonics, the Bucks, the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks.