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Report: Trail Blazers reach five-year deal with Chauncey Billups

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The Portland Trail Blazers entered the weekend close to hiring their replacement for Terry Stotts, and it appears they'll become the fourth team to hire a new head coach this offseason. 

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Portland has agreed to a five-year contract with Chauncey Billups to become their next head coach. Billups will be introduced by the team in a press conference on Tuesday. 

The Wizards were reportedly interested in Billups for their head coach opening, along with Portland, the Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Pelicans. Washington is now one of three remaining head coach openings. The Pelicans and Orlando Magic have yet to hire a head coach as well. 

Billups spent 17 years in the NBA as a player, winning an NBA Finals MVP award in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons to go along with five All-Star and three All-NBA selections. 

He joined Tyronn Lue's staff with the Los Angeles Clippers at the start of the 2020-21 season and quickly became a prominent head coaching candidate. His efforts helping Paul George become a better playmaker and initiator in the Clipper offense has been well documented as a big reason for George's success this season and fueled Billups' candidacy for a head coach job. 

The Trail Blazers suffered their fourth first-round playoff exit in five years this season, falling to the Denver Nuggets in six games.