The Sixers’ coaching search continues to take a long and winding road.
Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool formally interviewed for the Sixers’ head coaching position on Monday, according to league sources.
The 40-year-old’s resume includes one year playing in the NBA for the Washington Wizards, stops in the CBA and ABA and then a global journey where he played in Italy, China and Russia. Vanterpool’s career lasted 11 years, ending in 2007.
After his playing days, Vanterpool moved right into coaching, serving as an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow. He stayed in that role for five years before joining the Blazers last summer as an assistant to Terry Stotts.
Vanterpool is known around the league to have a tremendous work ethic and is well versed in the intricacies of coaching.
The Sixers have been without a head coach since Doug Collins stepped down on April 18. They remain the only NBA team that does not have a coach.
In a preseason full of unexpected turns, the Sixers' final cuts were as anticipated.
The Sixers on Monday waived guards Cat Barber, Dionte Christmas, Brandon Paul and forwards Shawn Long and James Webb III to trim their regular-season roster to 15.
Long, Paul and Webb had been with the Sixers since summer league. Barber signed with the team for training camp. Philadelphia native Christmas was the newest addition. He joined the Sixers the day of the deadline (see story).
The Sixers own the D-League rights to Barber, Christmas, Long and Webb. They are expected to land with the affiliate Delaware 87ers.
Paul’s D-League rights are owned by the Cavaliers. He has received interest from other NBA teams, according to a source, and has not discussed playing in the Development League.
Long appeared in each of the Sixers' preseason games. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds. Webb posted 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in six games.
Paul averaged 7.3 points (36.4 percent from three) and 2.3 rebounds in four games. Barber was sidelined during the preseason by a right hand/wrist injury. He played two games, averaging 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Christmas, 30, had planned to play this season in Greece and decided on Sunday to sign with the Sixers instead of returning overseas.
The Sixers waived 17-year veteran Elton Brand last weekend after he announced his intention to retire.
The Sixers, who have an afternoon of cuts to make in order to get the regular season roster down to 15 before 5 p.m. on Monday, will waive guard Brandon Paul, according to a source.
Jake Fischer first reported the news. Paul has received interest from other NBA teams, per the source, and has not yet had talks about the D-League.
Paul, 25, appeared in four preseason games for the Sixers. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.
Paul recently shared with CSNPhilly.com his challenges to pursue an NBA career.
The Sixers' roster stood at 20 after they signed Temple alum Dionte Christmas.
Cat Barber, Shawn Long and James Webb III also are expected to be waived and spend time in the Development League. Elton Brand announced his retirement and was waived last week.