Portland Trail Blazers: Top 3 destinations for former coach Terry Stotts

Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Terry Stotts, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls
Terry Stotts, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Terry Stotts could go from the Trail Blazers to the Chicago Bulls

Fun fact about Coach Terry, he was a former NBA player (technically). After playing four years for the Oklahoma Sooners, the Chicago Bulls acquired his draft rights from the Houston Rockets and selected him with the 15th pick in the second round. Unfortunately, he was waived eight days later.

Now, he could get another chance at making an impact for one of the most successful franchises in the NBA.

The Chicago Bulls have one of the most explosive young backcourts in the league in Coby White and Zach LaVine, something that Coach Terry is very familiar with after coaching Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for years.

The Bulls are loaded with talent, especially after trading for skilled European big man Nikola Vucevic – another asset that Stotts is comfortable with, but for all their potential, they’ve yet to make anything close to a return to the postseason.

Chicago finished a pitiful 31-41 this year, unable to make a real run at even the tenth seed and a chance to make the playoffs. After starting the season 19-24, the Bulls acquired Vucevic at the trade deadline in hopes of making a late season push. Instead, they floundered to a 12-17 finish for the season, according to statmuse.

While current coach Billy Donovan will probably remain in tenure for the start of the 2021-2022 season, he’s probably on a short leash following a disappointing debut year along with his uninspiring record with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coach Terry would walk into the Chicago locker room the best coach to do so since Tom Thibodeau left town.

If Stotts wants to take some time off before making his next move, the Bulls would be a great landing spot. Plus, he’ll only be a four hour drive away from his hometown of Cedar Springs, Iowa.