Kenny Atkinson Jilts Hornets, Leaving Door Open for Stotts - Blazer's facet

The Charlotte Hornets reportedly reached a 4-year contract with Kenny Atkinson to make him their next head teach last week, but now the Golden State assistant is rejecting the present.

in accordance with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Atkinson will remain with the soldiers and — with Mike Brown leaving to instruct Sacramento — turn into correct assistant for the 2022 NBA champs.

This information reopens the door for former trail Blazers head train Terry Stotts to turn into the subsequent head teach in Charlotte. Stotts and longtime NBA teach Mike D'Antoni have been the other two finalists for the position before Charlotte chose Atkinson.

Stotts has also been linked as a candidate to the Utah Jazz head teaching emptiness. Former Jazz head educate Quin Snyder stepped down from the place in early June.

Stotts, 64, coached Portland for nine seasons from 2012-2021, amassing a 402-318 record and eight consecutive playoff appearances. earlier than his tenure in Portland, Stotts served as head teach of the Atlanta Hawks from 2002-2004 and turned into the Milwaukee Bucks head educate from 2005-2007.

He has now not held yet another NBA teaching job due to the fact that Portland brushed aside him following a 42-30 checklist and first round playoff exit all through the 2020-2021 season.

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