DALLAS -- Terry Stotts was named Tuesday as the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Neil Olshey, the Blazers' general manager, made the announcement after choosing between Portland assistant coach Kaleb Canales and Stotts.
Stotts, 54, served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks during the past four years. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Stotts played a major role in Dallas winning the 2011 NBA title.
"I'm very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history," Scott said. "I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland."
The Blazers missed the playoffs last season, but Olshey is confident Stotts will get them back there.
"Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship,'' Olshey said. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."
This is the second year in a row a Mavs assistant coach has left Dallas to become a head coach. Last summer Mavs assistant Dwane Casey became the head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
-- Dwain Price
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