Terry Stotts interviews for Blazers head coaching job

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts might soon join the Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey as an ex-Dallas Mavericks assistant coach, as Stotts has apparently interviewed for Portland's vacant position, and may get a second interview:

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts has emerged as a candidate for the Portland Trail Blazers' head coaching vacancy, an NBA source confirmed Sunday to ESPNDallas.com.

The Oregonian reported that Stotts, the Mavs' offensive coordinator, interviewed with new Portland general manager Neil Olshey on Tuesday and is likely to get a second interview.

Stotts is one of several assistant coaches who have reportedly interviewed or been in contact with the Trail Blazers, including Golden State's Michael Malone, Chicago's Adrian Griffin, Phoenix's Elston Turner, Atlanta's Lester Connor, Indiana's Brian Shaw, Memphis' David Joerger, San Antonio's Mike Budenholzer, former New York assistant Phil Weber and ex-Orlando assistantsPatrick Ewing and Steve Clifford.

Stotts, 54, has a 114-168 record as a head coach, having spent parts of four seasons at the helm of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. His best season came in 2005-06, when the Bucks went 40-42 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Stotts joined the Mavericks as an assistant soon after coach Rick Carlisle was hired in 2008.

This is the cost of success, typically. After winning that elusive championship, following years of 50-win seasons, Rick Carlisle and his excellent staff have finally begun to receive the credit they deserve, and now we are seeing other teams poach from this group. Stotts may end not get this job, but even if he doesn't chances are he will continue to stay atop the wish-list of other organizations.

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