After a fourth first-round playoff exit in five seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers and coach Terry Stotts mutually agreed to part ways on Friday, sources told ESPN.
Stotts leaves Portland as the second-winningest coach in franchise history, including eight consecutive playoff appearances — the longest streak in the league. He was 402-318 in his nine seasons as Blazers coach.
Portland’s season ended with an opening-round Game 6 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
Stotts led the Blazers to a berth in the Western Conference Finals in 2019, and two more trips to the conference semifinals during his tenure in Portland.
LA Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Jeff Van Gundy, Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni and Michigan’s Juwan Howard are among candidates expected to be considered for the Blazers’ opening, sources said.