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Report: Trail Blazers interested in Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra vs. Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 09: Head Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on in the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers during their game at Moda Center on February 09, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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The Trail Blazers are expected to hire Chauncey Billups as coach. Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Mike D’Antoni and Brent Barry are also reportedly candidates.

Could Portland land an even bigger fish – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra?

Ethan Skolnick of Five Reasons Sports Network:

We have multiple sources saying Erik Spoelstra’s name has been discussed internally in Portland regarding their coach opening... & more.

We are NOT reporting contact has been made, or that Spoelstra has any intention of leaving Miami.


The Trail Blazers should be interested in Spoelstra. He’s one of the NBA’s top coaches.

But can they get him?

Spoelstra grew up in Portland, where his father – Jon Spoelstra – was an executive for the Trail Blazers. Erik played at University of Portland. He even wore No. 30 because he revered Trail Blazers guard Terry Porter.

However, Spoelstra said just last year he had no desire ever to leave Miami. So, this seems like an extreme longshot – though one with upside for Portland.