The Philadelphia 76ers will interview David Vanterpool for their vacant head coaching job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Sixers have been looking for a new head coach since Doug Collins resigned on April 18.
Vanterpool spent last season as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers. That came after a stint as a coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder and an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow, where he also finished a 12-year playing career.
While in Portland, Vanterpool was charged with bringing along first-round pick Damian Lillard. The point guard would go on to win NBA Rookie of the Year, and in the process helped raise the profile of Vanterpool.
A former point guard himself with a Italian Supercup and Euroleague championship to his name, Vanterpool could be seen by the 76ers as the ideal coach for Michael Carter-Williams, the team's first-round pick. Vanterpool is short on coaching experience, but Philadelphia isn't expected to contend in 2013-14, so enduring some growing pains with the new coach isn't a major drawback for the 76ers if they believe he can be a great coach down the road.