On Sunday night, the Portland Trail Blazers appointed Chauncey Billups as the team’s next coach. Sources say that the team signed a five-year contract with the former Los Angeles Clippers assistant, which includes opportunities for the team last season. Sources said that Billups, 44, will be unveiled at a press conference in Portland on Tuesday. Sources said that Trailblazers basketball president Neil Olshey and Billups agent Andy Miller completed the contract terms on Sunday. Replaced former coach Terry Stotts at the weekend.
Billups’ landing in the Trail Blazers set the direction for the team and strived to take the best of NBA guard Damian Lillard’s career by leading the team deep into the Western Conference playoffs this year. Portland reached two conference semifinals and one conference final during the Lillard-Olshey-Stotts era.
After Trail Blazers president Jody Allen and Olshey met Billups in Seattle on Wednesday, they were determined that he was a suitable candidate, the source said. Before making an official offer on Friday night, the Trail Blazers continued to investigate the 1997 Billups rape allegations, the source said. No criminal proceedings were filed, but Billups settled the civil lawsuit against the woman.
Although Billups has been scrutinized many times for senior NBA management positions, including the Cleveland Cavaliers’ president of basketball operations in 2017 and his current position with the Clippers, the Trail Blazers have used extensive Reconsidering the sources said, Billups’s allegations against the NBA rookie season.
According to the source, Billups supports the investigation, and his responses to various conversations with Trailblazer officials are consistent with the results of the independent investigation, sources said. In the end, the Trail Blazers did not find anything they thought would deny Billups the right to become the team’s new head coach.
The Clippers thank Billups for his success in improving the game skills of All-Star Paul George this season. Orshey’s history with Billups can be traced back to when they were together for the Clippers in the 2011-2012 season. Olshey has long believed that Billups is one of the best leaders he has ever seen in the NBA. This relationship, coupled with Lillard’s public support, helped Billups choose Portland.
Billups’ mission is to improve the Blazers’ defense. Last season, it was considered one of the league’s worst defenses, and to develop an excellent offense with Lillard and CJ McCollum.