After the departure of Coach Terry Stotts, the Portland Trail Blazers’ front office is expected to interview seven or eight candidates, reports Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest. An original list of 20 candidates was shared with team owner Jody Allen as well as team vice chair Bert Kolde.
The team is in the process now of narrowing the scope to a manageable number and is currently in the process of requesting permission from current employers to conduct initial interviews with, according to a league source, approximately seven or eight candidates.
There is no timetable on the search, which will be initially conducted via Zoom interviews. When the list is whittled down to finalists, it is expected that in-person interviews will be conducted.
Who makes the final list is anyone’s guess at this point, but there are a number of names in the mix. Mike D’Antoni, currently with the Brooklyn Nets, joined the fray this morning.