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Portland Trail Blazers: Will Portland Name Jerry Sloan Their Next Head Coach?

Jerry Sloan.
Jerry Sloan.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IJune 17, 2012

Could the Portland Trail Blazers be looking to hire a Hall of Famer as their next head coach?

They are without a coach right now, but maybe there is a candidate out there that would be a good fit.

That candidate is none other than former longtime Utah Jazz (23 seasons, via Yahoo! Sports) head coach Jerry Sloan. At the age of 70, Sloan may be interested in making a return to the sidelines after resigning midseason back in 2011.

It seems a possibility as the team is in need of a head coach, although longtime Jazz fans may feel weird to see their former Utah Jazz coach leading a different team in the same division.

One advantage that Portland has going in their favor is their youth and talent that they can build their team around. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum (a restricted free agent) and J.J. Hickson (a restricted free agent) could be their new Big Three.

Having decent salary cap space, the Trail Blazers can look to bring in a point guard through the draft and in free agency meaning that it is not impossible to put together a decent roster before the start of the 2012-13 NBA season.

The Trail Blazers have a new general manager in place (via ESPN, Neil Olshey formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers) and are in the midst of getting ready for the upcoming draft.

The Trail Blazers should have enough cap space to go after a point guard in free agency so that appears to be a non-issue going forward.

Sloan’s age may be a factor going forward, but maybe Portland could look to bring in an assistant that could be groomed by Sloan to eventually replace him.

At the end of the day, the Portland Trail Blazers still have to make a decision on who they want to coach their franchise for the next so many years.

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