Jason Quick of The Oregonian tweets that the Portland Trail Blazers have narrowed their coaching search to two candidates:
Former Orlando Magic assistant Steve Clifford and Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner were eliminated after the four semifinalists had second interviews this week.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Stotts (with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks) and Canales (the Blazers interim coach) are the only two among the quartet with any head-coaching experience.
Canales earned a strong endorsement from general manager Neil Olshey when Olshey was hired in June. No word on a timetable for a final decision.