7:01pm: The team has officially hired Vanterpool, according to a press release.
10:04am: The Nets lost a key member of Steve Nash‘s coaching staff when the division-rival Celtics hired assistant Ime Udoka to become their new head coach. However, it appears Brooklyn has already lined up a replacement for Udoka.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link), the Nets are finalizing a deal to hire David Vanterpool as an assistant coach.
An assistant for CSKA Moscow from 2007-12 after spending time with the Russian team as a player, Vanterpool made the move to the NBA in 2012. He served as an assistant coach on Portland’s staff for seven years from 2012-19, then spent the last two seasons as the Timberwolves’ associate head coach, first under Ryan Saunders, then under Chris Finch.
When the Wolves replaced Saunders with Finch during the season, some league observers expressed surprise that the team hired an assistant from another team (Finch had been part of Nick Nurse‘s Raptors staff) in the middle of the season rather than promoting Vanterpool, who has received consideration for other head coaching openings in recent years. Word broke in May after Minnesota’s season ended that Vanterpool wouldn’t stick with the club.
Last month, when seven head coaching positions opened up around the NBA, it seemed as if Nash may be in danger of losing multiple assistants, with Udoka, Mike D’Antoni, and Jacque Vaughn all generating interest. However, Vaughn withdrew from head coaching consideration and it doesn’t appear D’Antoni will be hired by any of the teams still conducting searches. For now, we’re assuming both coaches will be part of Nash’s staff along with Vanterpool for 2021/22.