NBA Rumors: Trail Blazers' David Vanterpool Targeted by Suns for HC Opening

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2019

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 2:  Assistant Coach David Vanterpool at the Basketball Without Boarders Africa program at the American International School of Johannesburg on August 2, 2018 in Gauteng province of Johannesburg, South Africa.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Phoenix Suns are expected to request interviews with Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool  and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams for their head-coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Phoenix fired ex-coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday after he spent just one season on the job, which resulted in a 19-63 record. The Suns are currently in the midst of a nine-year playoff drought and have posted a winning record just once during that span.

The 46-year-old Vanterpool has no prior head-coaching experience. He served as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow from 2007 to 2012 and has spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach in Portland.

He interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic openings last offseason.

While Vanterpool has yet to be given a head-coaching job, he has earned plenty of respect around the league. He was tied for the third-most votes for best assistant coach in NBA.com's 2017-18 GM poll. He also received votes last year.

Vanterpool has gotten a reputation as a defensive-minded coach, per Chris Haynes, then of ESPN:

Vanterpool spent part of one season as a player in the NBA, appearing in 22 games for the Washington Wizards in 2000-01.

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