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Blazers, Terry Stotts part ways after nine seasons

After nine seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and eight playoff appearances, Terry Stotts is out as head coach. Stotts and the Blazers have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced in a statement late Friday.

The move comes one day after the Blazers, who were 42-30 this season and the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, were eliminated from the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets in six games in the first round.

“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in the statement. “This was a difficult decision on both a personal and professional level but it’s in the best interest of the franchise to move in another direction. Terry will always hold a special place in the Trail Blazer family and the Portland community. We relied on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he brought to the job every day and we wish he and Jan nothing but the best.”

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