The Philadelphia 76ers have formally offered their head coaching job to Brett Brown, assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs. At the moment, both sides are in negotiations regarding contract length and indemnity. This is subtly excellent news for the Portland Trail Blazers, whose assistant coach, David Vanterpool, had been heavily considered for the opening.
For all intents and purposes, Vanterpool is a stud. After a couple years as a scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Vanterpool was expected to receive the Assistant General Manager job previously held by Rob Hennigan, but instead he was stolen by Terry Stotts and the Trail Blazers. That’s the benefit of networking.
Since then, he has run Portland’s summer league squad and assisted Terry Stotts in coaching decisions. He is still a highly coveted piece for NBA front offices. As much as I was excited for him to get his start as an NBA head coach, better opportunities than Philadelphia will come along and, until then, Portland gets to hold onto him for one more year.