Rumor: Terry Stotts ‘isn’t a slam dunk’ to return to Trail Blazers

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The Trail Blazers are reportedly set to negotiate a contract extension for Terry Stotts.

How’s that going?

Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times:

This would be strange, to say the least.

Stotts just completed a masterful season, finishing second in Coach of the Year voting. (I think he should’ve won.) Stotts integrated four new starters on a much younger team and guided Portland to the second round of the playoffs.

He deserves a raise – and I still think he’ll get one. This strikes me as a negotiating ploy.

But by whom?

The Trail Blazers reportedly have a team option on Stotts for next season that they’ve yet to execute. Are they threatening to decline it?

Is Stotts threatening to walk? He might not be allowed to coach another team, but Portland can’t force him to work.

This is a strange development, especially considering Stotts and Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey share an agent. Again, I still think Stotts will get a contract extension in Portland.

But there’s a little more reason for doubt.