Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said last week that the organization was conducting a “very extensive and diverse search” for its next head coach, and that there were “20 to 25 applicants.”
D’Antoni, 70, is in his first season as Steve Nash’s assistant in Brooklyn after spending the previous four seasons as Rockets‘the head coach. The two-time NBA Coach of the Year has a career record 672-527 in 16 seasons with the Rockets, Lakers, Knicks, Suns and nuggets.
Stotts was the second-most successful coach in Portland franchise history, with eight straight playoff appearances – the league’s longest streak. He was 402-318 in his nine seasons as the Blazers coach.
Stotts led the Blazers to one Western Conference final appearance in 2019 and two more trips to the conference semifinals during his tenure in Portland. After a fourth first-round playoff outing in five seasons, Stotts and the Blazers mutually agreed to go their separate ways on June 4.