Report: 76ers interviewing ex-Wiz for head coach

Report: 76ers interviewing ex-Wiz for head coach
July 29, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Should the Wizards have offered Wall a max deal?

Entering the 2013-14 season, a baker's dozen worth of NBA teams will have a new head coach. Of those 13 scenarios, 12 of those jobs have been filled. The lone holdout, the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers. One assistant coach with local ties reportedly in the mix. 

David Vanterpool, currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trailblazers,  is interviewing with the 76ers on Monday, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Vanterpool, 40, grew up in Silver Spring and starred at Montgomery Blair High School before playing at St. Bonaventure. The 6-foot-5 guard had a lengthy international career with one pit stop in the NBA, a 22-game stint for the Wizards during the 2000-01 season.

Considered and up-and comer as an assistant and basketball talent evaluator, Vanterpool previously spent two years as a scout for Oklahoma City. He also served under legendary Euroleague coach Ettore Messina for three years. From Wojnarowksi:

"Vanterpool made an immense impression with management, coaches and players in his first season on the Blazers' staff under Terry Stotts, and many in the league view him as a future head coach in the league. Vanterpool works closely with the NBA's rookie of the year, Damian Lilliard, with the Blazers."

Current Philadelphia assistant Michael Curry, who once played for the Bullets, and San Antonio assistant Brett Brown, are also considered candidates along Boston assistant Jay Larranaga, the son of former George Mason head coach and current Miami (Fl.) coach Jim Larranaga.

With a nod toward their middling status and the starry 2014 NBA Draft, the 76ers traded All-Star guard Jrue Holiday to New Orleans this offseason for rookie center Nerlens Noel, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft. Philadelphia also selected Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-WIlliams in the first round.