Warriors interviewing Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts to join staff


The Warriors – who must replace Lakers-bound Luke Walton – have established themselves as a great organization for assistant coaches.

But that doesn’t matter much if all the top assistants are off the market before Golden State hires one.

So, the Warriors will continue interviews while playing the Thunder in the Western Conference finals.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts has emerged as a candidate for the Golden State Warriors’ top assistant-coaching job and will meet with Steve Kerr on Monday in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical.

Tibbetts, who’s also up for the Grizzlies’ head job, has impressed with his thorough preparation in Portland. Any team would be lucky to have him as an assistant, where the questions about his ability to serve as a commanding presence are fare less relevant.

Likewise, Hornets assistant Stephen Silas – up for the Rockets’ head job – would do well in Golden State, which has interviewed him.

If the Warriors want to interview others, potential candidates will compete for the opportunity. But even if Golden State is picking between just Tibbetts and Silas, that’s already a strong pool.