Mavs assistant Terry Stotts on Blazers' short list
The other three finalists are 16-year NBA assistant Elston Turner, Steve Clifford, who spent the last six seasons at Orlando, and Kaleb Canales, the 34-year-old former video assistant who took over on an interim basis after Nate McMillan was fired in March. Canales went 8-15 and has received strong endorsements from the Blazers' players.
The report says the candidates will interview again next week in Portland. Stotts, with a 114-168 record in four seasons as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, is the only one candidate with head coaching experience, with the exception of Canales' stint this past season.
Stotts was Rick Carlisle's top assistant last season after Dwane Casey left following the championship season to take over as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
Last week Carlisle gave Stotts a ringing endorsement, telling the Oregonian, "Of all the coaches presently in play, Terry is by far the best available."
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