Chauncey Billups, who played 17 seasons in the NBA before before retiring in 2014, is the Portland Trail Blazers’ new coach.
The Blazers and Billups hammered out the details of a five-year contract on Sunday, according to ESPN. Portland will hold an introductory news conference for Billups on Tuesday.
The 44-year-old Billups spent the past season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. Now he’s set to begin his first NBA head coaching job.
Chauncey Billups said it’s a good environment for him to begin the next chapter of his coaching career.
“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 out the very best in me as a competitor. Now I’m looking forward to being on the other side of that energy and engaging with the Portland community on a whole other level.”
Chauncey Billups replaces Terry Stotts
Portland and longtime coach Terry Stotts agreed to sever their relationship earlier this month after the team’s first-round playoff exit. Stotts coached the Blazers for nine seasons and compiled a 420-318 record.
After Stotts’ departure, a new era begins with Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals MVP, calling the plays.