Trail Blazers sign coach Terry Stotts to contract extension

Trail Blazers sign coach Terry Stotts to contract extension

CHICAGO – After a remarkable franchise turnaround, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has reached agreement on a two-year contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Blazers picked up the 2014-15 option on Stotts' previous contract and gave him an additional two years, the second of which is a team option. The total extension runs through the 2016-17 season with the first two years guaranteed.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Stotts' agent, Warren LeGarie, had been working on the deal, and it was finalized on Thursday.

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Before losing to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Western Conference semifinals, Stotts helped transform the Blazers with a 21-game regular-season improvement (54-28) and a six-game first-round playoff series victory over the Houston Rockets – the franchise's first in 14 years.

Under Stotts, forward LaMarcus Aldridge has re-established himself as one of the elite players in the NBA, and young point guard Damian Lillard has blossomed into a star.

Olshey hired Stotts two seasons ago, shortly after taking over the organization. This is Stotts' third head-coaching job after stays in Milwaukee and Atlanta. As an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle, Stotts won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.