Rick Carlisle's coaching staff from the Dallas Mavericks 2011 championship team could be raided again. A year after Dwyane Casey took the Toronto Raptors head coaching job, Terry Stotts has emerged as a serious contender for the Portland Trail Blazers open position.
The 54-year old Stotts has served as Carlisle's "offensive coordinator" since he came to Dallas in 2008. Stotts has had two previous stints as a head coach: 2002-2004 with the Atlanta Hawks and 2005-2007 with the Milwaukee Bucks.
He's a basketball lifer who was drafted No. 38 overall in 1980 before embarking on a nine-year career overseas. After his playing days were over, he took a job as an assistant coach in CBA before slowly working his way into a head coaching position.
He went only 114-168 in his time as a head coach, making the playoffs only once. However, Carlisle has earned a reputation for developing head coaches, as Stotts would be his fourth different assistant to get moved up.
Portland has been linked with some of the biggest names (Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, the Van Gundy brothers) in the coaching business, but none have wanted the job. There's also a chance they bring back interim coach Kaleb Canales.
Stotts will interview again with Neil Olshey, the Trail Blazers new GM, on Tuesday.