Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Portland Trail Blazers hired a new head coach Tuesday. Rob Manning reports on the decision to bring in former Atlanta and Milwaukee head coach, Terry Stotts.

The Blazers haven't had a permanent head coach since Nate McMillan was fired in the middle of last season.

Assistant coach Kaleb Canales took over as interim, and was competing for the permanent job against Terry Stotts.

A written statement from the team made no reference to Canales, a favorite of the players.

General Manager Neil Olshey called Stotts "one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA." Olshey says Stotts was instrumental in bringing a championship to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, when he was an assistant coach there.

Stotts' longest tenure as an assistant was in Seattle, with the SuperSonics - years before the team moved to Oklahoma City.

Stotts had a losing record in his four seasons as a head coach, though he did coach the Milwaukee Bucks to a playoff appearance in 2006.

An official with the Blazers says the team will officially welcome Stotts to Portland in the next few days.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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