Portland Trail Blazers to add Roy Rogers as assistant

Feb 15, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Former player Chauncey Billups speaks during a ceremony honoring former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders prior to a game against Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups continues to fill out his staff, with ESPN reporting the team is finalizing a deal with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Roy Rogers to bring him to Portland.

That comes on the heels of the Blazers reportedly moving to bring in Scott Brooks as a top assistant.

Rogers has built a reputation for developing strong defense in recent seasons. Forbes recently credited Rogers with the development of several Clippers centers, including Ivica Zubac.

A former assistant and scout for seven different franchises, Rogers joined the Clippers in 2020 and worked with Billups under head coach Tyronn Lue.

Rogers’ NBA playing career spanned 137 games, where he played for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets. He averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Portland hired Billups to replace Terry Stotts on June 28. Stotts went 402-318 with eight playoff appearances in nine seasons with the Blazers.

This is Billups’ first head coaching job. He played 17 seasons in the NBA, participating in five All-Star games and being named Finals MVP in 2004.

Billups, 44, spent the 2020-21 campaign as a first-year assistant coach with the Clippers, who advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

–Field Level Media