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Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts Could Lose Job Following Sweep

I guess, I understand this? I mean it’s not all on Stotts that Portland didn’t have a guy in the frontcourt that could stick with Anthony Davis in the pick and roll and pick and pop. It’s not all on Stotts that Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo put down clamps on Lillard and McCollum. But, there is frustration and I do get that.

At the same time, Stotts did lead Portland to 49 wins this year and the No. 3 seed in the West. He’s been with the Blazers since the 2012-13 season and while they’ve made the playoffs in all but one season, they’ve been eliminated in the first round the last two years.

The comparison that everyone is making here is similar to Toronto. The Raptors were always a strong regular season team and then sort of got figured out in the postseason. The Raptors stuck with Dwayne Casey though and right now they have the No. 1 seed in the East and a 2-1 series lead over the Wizards. Both teams have two guards that are All-Star caliber, but weaknesses elsewhere.

The Blazers don’t really lose anyone this offseason as Ed Davis, Pat Connaughton, Festus Ezeli, Wade Baldwin, Brandon Rush and CJ Wilcox all have contracts that are up after this season. The Blazers do need to do something though because right now they are sort of stuck in that basketball purgatory that no one ever wants to be in. They aren’t contending for a title, but they also aren’t contending for a top pick that could change the direction of the franchise. That means they need to hit in the offseason and the draft. They have the 24th pick and could go a couple of different ways there. They could take a guard to come off the bench. They could take someone like a Jacob Evans or a wing to provide depth there.

Prior to the Blazers, Stotts coached the Hawks for two years and the Bucks for two years. If the Blazers let him go, he’ll likely get one of the open jobs right now as he’d join David Fizdale as one of the best coaches interviewing. Marc Stein is reporting Orlando could be a possible landing spot, which would involve a major rebuild.