Quick: Head Coaching Search Down To Two
And then there were, reportedly, two.
According to Jason Quick of The Oregonian
, the search for Portland's next head coach has been narrowed to two, with interim head coach Kaleb Canales and Mavericks assistant and former Bucks and Hawks head coach Terry Stotts making the penultimate cut:
The Trail Blazers' head coach next season will either be Terry Stotts or Kaleb Canales, The Oregonian has learned, after general manager Neil Olshey on Wednesday informed Steve Clifford and Elston Turner that they are no longer finalists.
Olshey interviewed more than 10 candidates for the position, then interviewed four finalists in Portland on Monday and Tuesday. Joining the interviews in Portland were Bert Kolde, the head of the Blazers' board of directors, and Sarah Mensah, the team's chief operating officer who is head of the Blazers' business operations while the organization conducts a search for a president to replace Larry Miller, who resigned in July. Owner Paul Allen is attending the Olympics in London and it is unclear if and when he will interview one or both of the candidates.
No point trying to guess when the decision is going to be made, but it looks like we're in the final stages of the process. Training camp doesn't start for two months, so there's still plenty of time, though from the looks of it, more time won't be necessary.