June 06, 2019 02:20 PM
The coaching staff surrounding new Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders is still being put together. But, on Thursday, the organization filled one spot.
According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are hiring David Vanterpool as the lead assistant to Saunders. Vanterpool comes from the Portland Trailblazers, and played a prominent role in the growth of NBA superstars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. Vanterpool spent seven years with Blazers, playing a prominent part in growth of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2019
Wojnarowski said Vanterpool is expected to run the defense and play a key role in support of Saunders.
Vanterpool has been a coach for the Trailblazers since the 2012 season, and prior to that, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach overseas for CSKA Moscow. His name was one that came up during the team's search for the head coach position before Saunders was chosen.
Vanterpool was also mentioned as a candidate for head coaching openings this offseason in Cleveland, Phoenix and Memphis.
Updated: June 06, 2019 02:20 PM
Created: June 06, 2019 02:06 PM
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