The Trail Blazers on Thursday signed coach Terry Stotts to a multi-year contract extension, rewarding him for steering the team to its best season in 14 years. Terms were not released, but a league source with knowledge of the contract told The Oregonian it's a three-year deal, which includes a team option. The Blazers picked up a team option for next season, extended a second year and added a team option for the third year of a deal that could keep Stotts in Portland through the 2016-17 season. Stotts, in his second season with the franchise, masterfully directed the team through a quick two-year rebuild, transforming it into one of the best in the Western Conference. With an entertaining, free-flowing offense that relies on movement, crisp passing and teamwork, the Blazers blossomed into one of the NBA's best offenses and one of its most enjoyable to watch under Stotts. The Blazers won 54 regular season games in 2013-14 and reached the Western Conference semifinals, beating the Houston Rockets in the first round before falling to the San Antonio Spurs. The 54 wins were 21 more than last season — accounting for the largest single-season improvement in franchise history — and the Blazers won a playoff series for the first time since 2000. "Terry has done an outstanding job during his first two years with the organization," general manager Neil Olshey said in a release. "This extension illustrates our confidence in him as our head coach as well as the Portland Trail Blazers' continued commitment to building a model of consistency and stability." During his two seasons, Stotts and his staff have developed point guard Damian Lillard into a Rookie of the Year and All-Star, and helped re-establish franchise cornerstone LaMarcus Aldridge as a star. Every player in the starting five enjoyed career years this season and backups such as Will Barton, Joel Freeland and Thomas Robinson revealed significant growth in their second NBA seasons.
Trail Blazers sign coach Terry Stotts to multi-year contract extension
Oregonian | May 16