Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers' head coaching opening on Monday and has emerged as a serious candidate for the job league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie has moved deliberately on the search interviewing multiple candidates but Vanterpool has risen into legitimate consideration league sources said.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown and Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga are among the coaches who have made strong impressions in the process sources said. Michael Curry who remains from Doug Collins' coaching staff is the strongest internal consideration.

Vanterpool made an immense impression with management coaches and players in his first season on the Blazers' staff under Terry Stotts and many in the league view him as a future head coach in the league. Vanterpool works closely with the NBA's rookie of the year Damian Lilliard with the Blazers.

After finishing his playing career with CSKA Moscow under legendary Euroleague coach Ettore Messina Vanterpool 40 spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Messina. Vanterpool was an undrafted free agent out of St. Bonaventure who reached the NBA briefly with Washington and had a successful career in the Continental Basketball Association China Russia and Italy.