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David Vanterpool, Nate Tibbetts Among Expected Candidates for Atlanta Hawks Head Coach

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Two of Portland’s assistants are among the expected candidates for Atlanta’s opening after mutually parting ways with former head coach Mike Budenholzer.

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Portland Trail Blazers assistant coaches David Vanterpool and Nate Tibbetts are expected to be among the pool of assistant coaches the Atlanta Hawks will sift through to find their new head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Hawks mutually parted ways with former head coach Mike Budenholzer Wednesday evening; he’s recently been linked to the New York Knicks and their head coach vacancy.

Sam Amick of USA Today followed up Wojnarowski with a more concrete status on Tibbetts, at least:

Vanterpool just wrapped up his sixth regular season with the Blazers, making a previous stop in Oklahoma City as a scout after his playing days. Tibbetts just finished up his fifth regular season with the Blazers, having worked his way up from the D-League to an eventual assistant job with the Cleveland Cavaliers before Portland.

Both are on the radars of executives around the league, as a league-wide poll published by Yahoo in April shows executives believe they’re among the top assistant coaches who are ready to take the next step up to head coaching.

Wojnarowski said recently Vanterpool “could” be a candidate for the Orlando Magic head-coaching gig after they parted ways with Frank Vogel as well.