Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mavs bracing for possibility of losing Stotts - Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)

ARLINGTON -â€" The possibility of losing assistant coach Terry Stotts to the Portland Trail Blazers has crossed the Dallas Mavericks’ minds.

The Blazers interviewed Stotts for their head coaching job last Tuesday, and he's slated to be interviewed again â€" possibly later this week. Stotts has been with the Mavs since 2008, and it’ll be a big blow for coach Rick Carlisle if he winds up with the Blazers.

“Terry is one of the top assistants in the league,’’ general manager Donnie Nelson told fishbowlradionetwork.com on Monday. “He was absolutely deserving of that interview and we support him 100 percent.

“We would had to lose Terry, but as far as a head coach opportunity, he should be at the top of everybody’s list. Those are just situations that need to play themselves out.’’

If Stotts is hired by Portland, he'll become the second Mavs assistant coach to leave Dallas in as many years. After they won the 2011 NBA title, the Mavs lost assistant coach Dwane Casey, who became the head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

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