Blazers asst coaches eyed for head coach openings

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two of the Trail Blazers assistant coaches have been connected to head coaching openings around the NBA.

David Vanterpool, who just finished his sixth year in Portland, and Nate Tibbets, who wrapped up his fifth, have both been linked to the opening with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Before Portland, Vanterpool spent two seasons as the director of pro personnel in Oklahoma City following his stint as an assistant coach for the Canadian Men’s National Team in 2015. Vanterpool played college ball at St. Bonaventure University where he’s been inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tibbets came to Portland from Cleveland where he was the Cavs assistant coach from 2011-13. Before that he was the head coach in the NBA’s G-League for the Tulsa 66ers where he finished with a 64-41 (.610) record and two trips to the playoffs in his two seasons there.

Yahoo Sports recently asked more than three dozen high-ranking NBA executives about which assistant coaches were on their radar for head coaching jobs. Both Vanterpool and Tibbets were high on their list.

The Orlando Magic also has an opening after they fired Frank Vogel, which Vanterpool “could” be in the running for as well, according to Wojnarowski.

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