The· Portland Trail Blazers Late Sunday night, we appointed Chaunsey Billups as the next coach of the franchise.
The team has reached an agreement on a five-year contract with the former LA Clippers Assistants and sources, including team options last season, told ESPN.
Billups, 44, will be introduced at a press conference in Portland on Tuesday, sources said.
Blazers president Neil Olcy and Billups agent Andy Miller of Clutch Sports finalized the deal on Sunday, sources said. The Blazers provided work to Billups on Friday night, and both sides were working on a deal over the weekend to replace former coach Terry Stotts.
The Blazers Billups landing sets the direction for the franchise to maximize the heyday of the All-NBA Guard Damian LillardA career by promoting the team to a deeper run in the Western Conference playoffs. Portland advanced to two conference semifinals and one conference final during the Lillard-Olcy-Stotz era.
After Blazers chairs Jody Allen and Orcy met Billups in Seattle on Wednesday, they were convinced he was the right candidate, sources said.
Prior to making a formal offer on Friday night, the Blazers continued to investigate allegations of 1997 rape against Billups, sources said. No criminal charges were filed, but Billups settled a civil suit filed by the woman.
Billups has been scrutinized several times for the NBA’s high-level leadership work, Cleveland Cavaliers In 2017, in his current role at the Clippers, the Blazers used much of the search process to revisit Billups’ allegations from the rookie season at the NBA.
Billups encouraged the investigation, and his responses in several conversations with blazer officials were consistent with the results of an independent investigation, sources said. The Blazers eventually found nothing to believe that the disqualified Billups would be the new head coach of the franchise.
The Clippers recognize Billups for their successful collaboration with All-Star Paul George To improve his playmaking skills this season. Orcy’s history with Billups dates back, among other things, to the time he spent with the Clippers during the 2011-2012 season.
Orcy has long regarded Billups as one of the best leaders he’s met in the NBA, a relationship that, along with Lillard’s public support, contributes to Billups’ choice to work in Portland over other opportunities. The source said.
Billups boosted the defense of the Trail Blazers, the worst ranked league last season, with Lillard CJ McCollum..
“Portland is a special place and a unique franchise,” Billups said in a statement. “As a player, I always loved playing here because the passion and knowledge of the fans brought me the best as a competitor. Now I’m on the other side of that energy, Port I look forward to working with the Land Community. It’s a completely different level. “
Portland, along with experienced coaching staff, is actively planning around Billups, who served as an assistant to the Clippers for a season. Billups will replace Stotts, who left Portland after eight consecutive trips to the playoffs, including three first-round exits in the last four years.
Billups is a five-time NBA All-Star, MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals, and Detroit Pistons..
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Portland Trail Blazers has agreed to a five-year contract to hire Chauncey Billups as a coach
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31721009/sources-portland-trail-blazers-reach-agreement-5-year-deal-hire-chauncey-billups-coach Portland Trail Blazers has agreed to a five-year contract to hire Chauncey Billups as a coach