Sam Hinkie has taken his time finding the Philadelphia 76ers' next head coach, but Blazers assistant David Vanterpool might have caught his eye. Vanterpool has emerged as a serious candidate after his interview on Monday, according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vanterpool, 40, spent five years coaching overseas with CSKA Moscow, but began his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers this past season. The one-time St. Bonaventure star spent most of his professional career overseas, save a 22-game stint with the Washington Wizards in 2000-2001, where he averaged 5.5 points per game, but wasn't suited to jump immediately into the coaching game. However, his first year in Portland under Terry Stotts jump-started his chances of bringing his coaching career to the big time.
Of the 13 teams that changed head coaches in 2012-2013, the Sixers are the last squad to find a replacement, and time before the start of the next campaign is ticking. Vanterpool has worked with the Oklahoma City Thunder as their director of player personnel, and is believed to have worked with Blazers guard Damian Lillard as the Weber State grad turned into the rookie of the year. Vanterpool would certainly fit the job profile as Hinkie searches for a new coach, as the first-time GM looks for younger guys who might be suited to analytics and other aspects he stresses as the squad's GM.