Two former Spurs possible coaching candidates


Former San Antonio Spurs players Maurice Cheeks and Terry Porter are rumored to be candidates for a coaching positions in with the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers respectively.

According to ESPN, Cheeks is a strong third candidate for the head coaching position with the Raptors:

Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey are on the Toronto Raptors’ list of coaching candidates, but sources say there is a strong third candidate: Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks.

Cheeks comes with head coaching experience with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers. Overall, his coaching record is 284-286 and is currently an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cheeks played with the Spurs during the 1989-1990 season, which was also David Robinson’s rookie season, but was traded to the New York Knicks midseason for Rod Strickland. In 33 games with San Antonio he averaged 10.9 points, 6.0 assists, and 1.6 steals.

Porter is rumored to be an candidate for an assistant coach with the Pacers according to Yahoo! Sports:

Bird and Vogel have met several times in recent weeks, and have targeted several assistant coaches – including Terry Porter and J.B. Bickerstaff – that the Pacers would like to surround Vogel.

Porter would be a great assistant coach for the Pacers who are looking to surround Vogel – who is likely to become the permanent head coach in Indiana – with no-nonsense assistants seeing how the Pacers front office is worried if Vogel can command respect among the players.

Porter played for the Spurs from 1999-2002 with his best season as a Spur coming in his first season in silver and black when he averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists, and shot 44% from the field.