Rick Carlisle expected to lose the top two assistants off his championship staff. It's happened in a little more than one year.
The Trail Blazers on Tuesday hired Terry Stotts, who had served as the Mavs' offensive coordinator since Carlisle arrived in Dallas. Ex-Mavs defensive coordinator Dwane Casey was hired as the Toronto Raptors' head coach last summer.
Carlisle strongly recommended Stotts, who has a 114-158 record in parts of four seasons as the head coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. The Mavs will miss Stotts' experience and offensive expertise, but Carlisle was ecstatic to see his friend get another chance as a head coach.
"A great hire for a great franchise," texted Carlisle, who was an assistant in Portland early in his coaching career. "Terry was a big part of our championship success in Dallas, and we wish him the very best. He has the great fortune of going to work for Paul Allen, who, along with Mark Cuban, is one of the best owners in the NBA."