Scott Brooks is going to Portland.
According to ESPN, former Wizards head coach Chauncey will join the Billups’ staff as a top assistant for the Blazers.
The first-time head coach, the Billups reportedly signed a five-year deal with Portland. He served as an assistant to the Clippers in the 2020-21 season.
Brooks’ exit in Washington was announced last month after the two sides reportedly could not come to an agreement on a new contract. Wizards GM Tommy Shepard said in a statement that it was his decision not to renew Brooks’ contract.
“I wouldn’t say it didn’t work out. I think it’s time to move on,” Shepard said at the time.
Brooks, who spent five seasons in Washington, led the Wizards to the playoffs three times and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in the 2016–17 season.
His departure to Washington came as a shock to some after the Wizards’ impressive performance late in the season (over 17-6 in the last 23 games), and even ended up by the 76ers in the first round. before reaching the playoffs.
Brooks also coached the Wizards through a challenging COVID-19 season after the team experienced a virus outbreak in January that halted their season for 13 days. At the time, seven Wizards players had entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
After the Wizards season ended in early June, Bradley Beale had Washington star backcourt and Russell Westbrook, with Brooks return ing as head coach. Brooks coached Westbrook in Oklahoma City.
Beale, who is currently in Team USA training camp ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, discussed Washington’s coaching pursuit this week.
“When I first got the news, it was tough,” Beale told NBC Sports Washington of Brooks’ departure. “This is my second coach I’ve played for and even when I spoke to him later, [I said] How grateful I was to him. He helped change my game and developed my game as it is now.”
As the Billups continue to amass a coaching staff in Portland, his hire was overshadowed by decades-old sexual harassment allegations.
According to Yahoo Sports, Damien Lillard, the face of the Blazers franchise, was not keen on acquiring Portland’s Billups amid the controversy. The point guard had previously expressed hopes of seeing Jason Kidd take on the head coach position at Portland – however, the former Lakers assistant secured a head coaching job in Dallas.
As for Lillard’s future in Portland? He addressed discussions about trade rumors at Team USA’s training camp this week.
“It’s been a lot. No one has heard me say any of these. But whatever I have to say, I’ll tell Neelu [Olshey]Lillard said of Portland’s GM. “I’m going to address this directly with my team. I really have nothing to say to you guys [in the media] about this. Whatever I have to say or feel has been told to Neil.”