NBA Rumor: Thunder Coaching Job

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Presti has been enthusiastic over Daigneault’s proven track record in the Thunder organization, sources said, including connecting with players, teaching the game and making the kind of short- and longer-term adjustments that are crucial for a franchise that is transitioning out of playoff contention and toward a younger, developmental roster. In his time as a G-League coach, he was 143-107 with four playoff appearances and eight players called up to NBA rosters, including four players signed to two-way deals, in the past season.

Darvin Ham: Ham has a diverse résumé of NBA experiences. He’s won a title as a player on the 2004 Detroit Pistons. He coached the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of what was then the D-League. He’s been an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he has been one of Mike Budenholzer’s top assistants in Atlanta and Milwaukee for seven seasons. He recently interviewed with the Clippers and Pacers for their head coaching vacancies. “He’s almost overqualified,” an Eastern Conference scout said of Ham interviewing for the job. “He has presence, he’s sharp, and he’s played for good coaches.”

Charles Lee: Lee, 35, is considered one of the top young assistants in the NBA. He’s worked six years with Budenholzer in Atlanta and Milwaukee and took on more responsibility with the Bucks when Taylor Jenkins left for the Memphis head coaching job in 2019. Lee has played an integral part in the Bucks’ opponent scouting and player development. He works closely with Khris Middleton, who has earned consecutive All-Star selections. “He’s talented and has a very good presence about him,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Athletic about Lee. “He can relate to all walks of life and different backgrounds of people.”
7 months ago via ESPN

David Vanterpool a Thunder coaching candidate

Brian Windhorst: The Thunder are beginning to look at a rebuild, which is one of the reasons why Billy Donovan did not stay. So with the expectation this could be a first-time head coach. Some of the names that I’ve heard: David Vanterpool, who is an assistant with the Timberwolves. Adrian Griffin, who’s been a candidate for jobs over the years, recently with Toronto. And watch out for a sleeper candidate: Will Hardy, assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, a lot of people are very high on him.
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