I would say this is just a report, but, uh, the Trail Blazers have gone ahead and cleared that up:
This marks the second-consecutive year the Mavericks lead assistant coach has left to be a head coach somewhere else, much like Dwane Casey did by leaving for Toronto in 2011.
Stotts was more offensive-oriented then Casey, with assistant coach Monte Mathis taking up the defensive responsibilities. Stotts record might not have as sparkling as Casey's, because the Mavericks offense completely tanked in 2011-2012, but Stotts helped drive the Mavericks elite offense in the 2011 championship season.
He is still a well-respected name in the league and any coach that spends time with Rick Carlisle instantly becomes better. It's science. I think.
Here's a quote from Portland's GM, Neil Olshey, via a press release from the Blazers:
"Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship, said Olshey. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."
As a head coach, Stotts hasn't been too successful, with an overall record of 115-168. But again, that championship shine is bright and attractive.
No idea what the ripple effect for the Mavericks is, presumably, Mathis jumps up as lead assistant and Darrell Armstrong (yes, he's a coach) and Tony Brown will also move up a peg. I'd imagine this leaves Mathis with his defensive responsibilities and perhaps Carlisle being more hands on with the specific offensive sets. I can't imagine the Mavericks bringing in a "name" assistant coach (if that even exists.)
Congrats to Stotts, who deserves another shot and with a team with some interesting, young and talented pieces. It'll be fun to see what Stotts draws up for summer league standout Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. It's a shame the Mavericks lose another piece of their championship team, but that's the life of a champion. Your people get bigger and better opportunities.
Stay hard and keep jamin', Stotts.