The Trail Blazers’ search for a new coach to replace Terry Stotts has unfolded in a haphazard way since Friday. Preferred lists have emerged from both ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Damian Lillard (via The Athletic and Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Chris Haynes). Now, as the first full week of Portland’s coaching search is set to unfold, The Athletic’s Sam Amick provided insight regarding Lillard’s role in the process.
According to the report from Amick, Lillard is not in the driver’s seat when it comes to the Blazers’ coaching search.
A source with knowledge of the situation said Lillard is not making demands of any kind when it comes to the coaching hire. The front office and ownership will do their jobs while communicating with him along the way. And once that coaching selection is made, this question comes next: What else can Olshey do with the roster to take this Blazers team from perennial playoff contenders to Western Conference heavyweight?
You can read the full story from Amick, a feature that also included thoughts on Portland’s offseason, at The Athletic (subscription required).