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Blazers’ Vanterpool Interviews with Cavaliers, Tibbetts to Follow

Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool was among four candidates that the Cavaliers interviewed in Denver prior to Game 7.

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The Trail Blazers successful postseason run could bear fruit for members of coach Terry Stotts’ staff. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, members of the Cavaliers’ front office interviewed David Vanterpool on the eve of Game 7 between the Nuggets and Blazers. Along with Vanterpool, Cleveland’s brass interviewed three other candidates and they plan to meet with Nate Tibbetts after the Western Conference Semifinals concludes.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and members of his front office met separately with several assistant coaches in Denver on the eve of Game 7 between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, including Denver assistants Jordi Fernandez and Wes Unseld Jr. and Portland assistant David Vanterpool, league sources said.


The Cavaliers had received permission to interview another Trail Blazers assistant, Nate Tibbetts, but scheduling conflicts will push that meeting until after the Blazers-Nuggets Western Conference semifinals series ends, sources said.

Vanterpool joined Stotts’ staff prior to the 2012-13 regular season. After two seasons as an assistant for the Cavaliers, Tibbetts took a position on the Blazers’ staff prior to the 2013-14 season.