The 76ers interviewed Blazers assistant David Vanterpool for their vacant head coaching job on Monday, and he has emerged as a "serious candidate."

Yes, it's nearly August and the Sixers don't have a coach.  The Sixers' search has lasted about three and a half months so far, with GM Sam Hinkie moving deliberately and interviewing several potential candidates.

Vanterpool joins Brett Brown, Jay Larranaga and Michael Curry as one of the favorites to land the job.

The 76ers will be the last team to name a new head coach during an offseason in which nearly half of the NBA's clubs made changes. When they officially make a decision, the Sixers will become the 13th team to hire a new head coach since the season ended.

From Yahoo! Sports:

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.