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Hornets gained permission to interview Bucks’ Charles Lee, Nets assistant David Vanterpool

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The Charlotte Hornets are widening their pool in selecting the most ideal coach that will lead them to much greater success.

As told by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have received permission to interview Milwaukee Bucks’ Charles and David Vanterpool of the Brooklyn Nets.

Lee and Vanterpool are both assistant coaches who are also absorbing plent of interests from several teams within the association.

Following his professional career overseas, Lee took his talents in coaching and was hired as an assistant for the basketball program of his alma mater Bucknell University. He then shifted to the NBA field and became a protégé of Mike Budenholzer. 

The 37-year-old then won his first title as a coach with the Bucks last season. He was a finalist for the Washington Wizards head coaching job, which was eventually grabbed by Wes Unseld Jr. in the 2021 offseason.

Meanwhile, Vanterpool features a stuffed résumé in his playing and assistant coaching career in Russia. As a coach, he helped CSK Moscow to clinch a EuroLeague title in 2008 and provided a vital role in their five-year reign as Russian League champions. Vanterpool spent the majority of his time on the NBA sidelines with the Portland Trail Blazers from 2012 to 2019.

After four seasons and failure to advance from a Play-In berth in back-to-back years, Charlotte parted ways with James Borrego last April. The ball club hasn’t appeared yet in the postseason arena since the 2015-2016 campaign.

The Hornets are continuing to evaluate the choices they have to take their coaching leadership. They earlier expressed intentions in candidates like Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, and Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson.

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