The Thunder have lost another solid piece to their front office.
The Trail Blazers announced Friday three new assistant coaching hires to fill out Terry Stotts’ staff and it includes Oklahoma City’s top pro scout David Vanterpool. (Also hired: Kim Hughes and Jay Triano.)
Vanterpool, 39, has spent the past two seasons as a pro scout with the Thunder. He played for European power CSKA Moscow from 2005-07, winning a Euroleague title there before becoming an assistant coach with the club upon retirement. Vanterpool was also a member of the Trail Blazers’ 2010 NBA Summer League coaching staff.
There was an expectation that Vanterpool would be elevated into Rob Hennigan’s recently vacated assistant general manager position. Instead, it’s two big subtractions. But that’s the consequence for running such a wonderful organization. Other people want your people.