It concluded with a 13-game losing streak in Stotts’ first season. Stotts is still the team’s coach, but will have to get off to a promising start for the 2013-14 season or his tenure with the team might meet a quick ending.
That’s why it’s a key offseason for Stotts as the Trail Blazers decide what to do with their No. 10 first round draft pick and the three selections they have in the second round.
Stotts has to show his bosses that the team is still in good shape and is ready to make a run for the playoffs. If he can do that, he’ll be on the sidelines when the season tips off.
For him to stay on the sidelines, the Trail Blazers will probably have to have a winning record this season and make the playoffs. Stotts needs to work with the front office in determining if the team is in a strict youth movement, led by Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, or if it wants to include LeMarcus Aldridge and other veterans in that movement.
There’s likely to be a lot of action by the Portland front office after the draft is completed. Stotts and his bosses will determine where their needs still are and if they could meet them. It’s not impossible that some of those draft picks may be dealt to other teams before June 27. There’s also a chance a blockbuster deal involving Aldridge is still in the making.
Stotts just needs to make sure the Trial Blazers make the playoffs next year. Otherwise, he won’t be keeping his job.