The Indiana Pacers are beginning head coaching interviews in Chicago this week, including Steve Clifford, Brian Shaw and Terry Stotts, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2021
Stotts, along with former Orlando Magic Coach Steve Clifford and G League Unite Coach Brian Shaw, are in the running for the position, which will be awarded by former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard.
Caitlin Cooper at Indy Cornrows highlighted Stotts’ coaching strengths this week and how he might suit the current Pacers team, applying traits from his time in Portland.
Even if Indiana’s roster, as a whole, isn’t as adept at cracking open defenses with off-the-dribble threes in bulk, let alone drilling daggers from way downtown, a closer look at some of the sets and formations that Stotts incorporated around Dame’s stardom reveals much of his system, pairing intricacy with allowing his best players the agency to freewheel, still has the potential to provide a high offensive floor for a team without a clear No. 1 option.
Stotts and the Blazers parted ways the day after the team was ousted from the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets.
Stotts spent nine years in Portland earning a 402-318 record, including a Western Conference Finals appearance and two Conference Semifinals finishes.