CLEVELAND — David Vanterpool of St. Thomas is one of at least four coaches the Cleveland Cavaliers are considering to be their new head coach.
“Cavaliers expect to interview several assistants involved in playoffs, including Utah’s Alex Jensen and Portland’s David Vanterpool, sources tell ESPN,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Sunday. “For now, they can do a round with non-playoff coaches.”
A person who goes by “daddytis” associated with USVI Basketball tweeted Monday that Vanterpool is the “front-runner” for the Cavaliers job.
Another NBA insider agreed.
“David Vanterpool will succeed in Cleveland,” NBA scout Steven Alves tweeted on Sunday. “Trust me.”
The Virgin Islander is also being considered for the head coaching position with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to SB Nation.
Two coaches not affected by the playoffs, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard and Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosely are interviewing with the Cavaliers this week, according to Wojnarowski.
Jensen has coached the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ affiliate in the G League and was the league’s Coach of the Year in 2012-13, and is tight with members of the Cavs’ front office.
Cleveland parted ways with coach Larry Drew on Wednesday.