Coach Terry Stotts led the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals last season. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY 

Despite a disappointing season so far in Portland, there’s no reason to believe coach Terry Stotts‘ job will be in danger this spring, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Sam Amick of The Athletic

Coming off the Trail Blazers‘ appearance in the Western Conference Finals a year ago, the team extended Stotts’ contract through the 2021-22 season.

This season, the Trail Blazers (26-33) are in danger of missing the postseason altogether. Even if they sneak in, they’re unlikely to win a series. However, major injuries to key contributors such as center Jusuf Nurkic, forward Zach Collins and forward Rodney Hood have played a significant role in Portland’s slide. Regardless of how the season ends for Portland, Stotts looks safe going forward, Amick says.

Here’s more from around the Northwest:

  • The Timberwolves have the most valuable combination of first-round picks for the 2020 draft, according to research by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton (Insider link). Besides their own lottery pick, the Wolves will have Brooklyn’s first-rounder, which will almost certainly fall in the 15-17 range. 
  • On Wednesday, D’Angelo Russell had his first great game since joining the Timberwolves, showing why the team pursued him so aggressively for so long, writes Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
  • ESPN’s Royce Young reported earlier this week (via Twitter) that Thunder wing Luguentz Dort has 16 days of NBA service time available on his two-way contract. Since Dort is only moving closer to his 45-day limit on days when Oklahoma City actually plays, the team should be able to have him active through March 28, the last day of the G League season. After that date, he can spend the rest of the regular season with the Thunder.
  • As we explained earlier today, Dort won’t be eligible for the postseason unless the Thunder promote him to their 15-man roster. Young suggests (via Twitter) that talks on a standard contract likely won’t pick up until late in the season, since it could be in both sides’ best interests to wait — OKC would save some tax money and Dort could continue increasing his value.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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