Shortly after the announcement of Terry Stotts’ departure from the Trail Blazers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski delivered a short list of potential candidates for Portland’s now-vacant head coach position. According to Wojnarowski, four candidates are on the initial list.
Here is the quartet that Wojnarowski revealed Friday evening:
Among candidates expected to be considered for the Blazers opening, sources tell ESPN: Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Jeff Van Gundy, Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, and Michigan’s Juwan Howard.
Chauncey Billups is a name that has consistently popped up in rumors regarding the Blazers. Jeff Van Gundy, who is best known for his work as a commentator in the past decade, last coached an NBA game in the 2006-07 season with the Rockets. Juwan Howard, who suited up for the Blazers in the 2009-10 season, is currently the head coach of the men’s basketball program at the University of Michigan.
If Wojnarowski’s list is accurate, everyone in Rip City can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Jason Kidd’s name was not included.