Could a return of Jay Triano to the Trail Blazers make sense?
Jay Triano is available
The Phoenix Suns have reportedly removed Jay Triano from consideration for its head-coaching position, this according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.
Originally hired as an associate head coach, Triano served as the team's interim head coach after Earl Watson was fired in the first week of the 2017-2018 season.
The Suns went 21-61 this season.
Despite the Suns poor performance, which came as a shock to no one, here is why Jay Triano returning to the Blazers makes sense.
The Blazers could be looking for an assistant very soon
Both David Vanterpool and Nate Tibbetts have been linked to the Atlanta Hawks head coaching vacancy, which was made available late last week.
In 2016, Tibbetts reportedly interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in Memphis, which was eventually inherited by David Fizdale. Tibbetts, a former assistant of the Cavaliers, was the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.
David Vanterpool has reportedly been in contention for the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic head coaching positions in the past, which went to Steve Clifford and Frank Vogel, respectively. Both positions have once again become open.
Triano brings veteran coaching experience
Triano was the head coach for the Toronto Raptors from 2008-2011, has been named the head coach of the Canadian National Team twice and most recently served as interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He originally joined Earl Watson's staff in Phoenix to serve as a veteran coaching voice for the newly minted head coach.
He is hailed for stabilizing the dysfunctional locker room in Phoenix almost immediately after taking over.
Triano became the first foreign born head coach in NBA history to win 100 games in the NBA.
Following Triano's departure, Terry Stotts hired John McCullough, who spent four seasons as the team’s advance scout prior to being appointed an assistant coach.
Triano is familiar with Stotts' system, offensive minded
Triano originally joined Terry Stotts’ staff in 2012 and played an integral role in the Trail Blazers offensive philosophy during his tenure.
In the top-10 in offensive team ratings in three of his four seasons with Portland, with the only outlier being his first season as an assistant, when the Blazers won just 33 games that season. Portland was 16th in ORtg in 2012-2013.
"He has a great reputation inside the game, a guy who knows how to make players better."
The Trail Blazers were blanked in the first round of the playoffs after the New Orleans Pelicans shut down Dame and CJ and forced the rest of the team to beat them. The Blazers struggled at times this season trying to get others involved. "I just feel like I’m just out there to be out there," Maurice Harkless said midseason.
Despite winning 49 games, the Blazers finished 16th in ORtg this season, tied for their worst finish in the Terry Stotts era.
Triano is a basketball lifer. He won't be out of work for long.
What do you think? Would you like to see Triano back in Portland?