May 17, 2016 / 4:51 AM / 2 years ago

Stotts agrees contract extension with Trail Blazers: reports

(Reuters) - Coach Terry Stotts has agreed with the Portland Trail Blazers on a contract extension, according to multiple reports on Monday.

May 11, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts instructs against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Stotts will sign a new three-year contract that will take effect in the 2017-18 season and keep him locked in through 2020, the reports said. Financial terms were not reported.

Stotts drew widespread praise this past campaign for leading the Blazers to the second round of the playoffs despite losing four starters in the off-season.

Portland lost to Golden State 4-1 in a hard-fought best-of-seven series.

Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting behind the Warriors’ Steve Kerr, but many, including LeBron James, said he was deserving of the award.

Stotts, 58, has coached the Blazers for the past four years and guided them to three straight post-seasons.

He has a 182-146 record with Portland.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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