Report: Trail Blazers, Terry Stotts exploring contract extension

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The Trail Blazers haven’t even picked up Terry Stotts’ team option for next season.

What’s taking them so long?

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:

sources say management and Stotts’ representatives soon will explore a contract extension beyond 2016-17.

Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Stotts share an agent, so that made it easier for Stotts to trust a deal would come his way – and he has earned a raise.

Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting, and he would’ve gotten my first-place vote. He did a masterful job as Portland rebuilt around Damian Lillard on the fly, largely turning over the roster. Stotts instilled tremendous confidence in his players, giving them freedom to operate in a system well designed to create quality shots.

That he did all this without a long-term contract speaks volumes. It gets increasingly difficult for a coach to hold respect from the same players without job security.

Stotts shouldn’t – and probably won’t – have to face that challenge.