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Woj: Vanterpool to Interview with Hornets

The Blazers assistant coach has been linked to several head coaching vacancies after turning around Portland’s defense.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Trail Blazers Assistant Coach David Vanterpool has been granted permission to interview with the Charlotte Hornets, who parted ways with Steve Clifford last month. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out the information on Tuesday morning:

Vanterpool has been credited with helping improve Portland’s defense during the 2017-18 season. The Blazers rose from 21st to 8th in the league in defensive efficiency over the course of the season. Vanterpool has recently been linked to the vacant Orlando Magic coaching position as well.