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Terry Stotts linked to vacant Pacers opening after leaving the Blazers

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Less than 24 hours after blowing a 14-point lead to lose a first-round series to Denver, the Trail Blazers and Terry Stotts mutually decided to part ways.

Since then, Stotts has been linked to two NBA jobs.

First, Jason Quick of The Athletic reported Stotts and his agent wanted to learn their fate sooner than later to pursue other jobs, with the second-winningest coach in Portland history being an option for the Indiana Pacers should Nate Bjorkgren be fired.

Well, the Pacers moved on from Bjorkgren and Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports immediately linked Stotts as a candidate.

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"The Blazers hoped to let the dust settle on this season before making a decision on Stotts, but Stotts and his agent wanted a quick resolution in the case they needed to explore other opportunities," wrote Quick. "Stotts is believed to be a candidate in Indiana should the Pacers make a change, sources said."

In fact, Stotts graduated from high school in Bloomington, Indiana.

Saturday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Orlando Magic and Steve Clifford decided to part ways because he seemingly does not want to coach a rebuilding team.

Marc Stein of The New York Times added Orlando has "interest" in Terry Stotts.


The Pacers job would be roster ready to make a playoff push as soon as next season while coaching Orlando would be all about player development while the team loses games for high draft picks. 

During his time with the Blazers, Stotts held a 402-318 overall regular-season record while leading Portland to three Western Conference Semifinals and one Western Conference Finals matchup.