On Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced the club had extended the contract of head coach Terry Stotts. Friday, the team made it official and revealed the contract extension that will keep Stotts in Portland through the 2021-22 season.
Stotts wrapped up his seventh season heading up the Blazers with the team’s first trip to the Western Conference finals in 19 years and sixth straight postseason appearance.
“Terry’s leadership and approach to the game are critical to our continued success,” Olshey said in a release. “His ability to develop young players while winning at a high level allows us to build a sustainable roster without sacrificing immediate results. We have built a successful partnership these past seven years and I look forward to continuing that success in the future.”
Second in franchise history in total wins (325 in the regular season), Stotts is just the second coach to lead the Blazers to six straight playoff appearances (Rick Adelman, 1989-1994). In January he joined Jack Ramsay (453 wins) as the second Portland coach to reach 300 wins and is one of five active NBA head coaches to have 300 victories with their current team.
“I am very excited to continue to build on what we started here seven years ago,” said Stotts. “Last season was very enjoyable and rewarding on many levels. I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful staff and talented players, who are all outstanding people.”
— The Oregonian