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Mike D’Antoni gets second interview with Portland Trail Blazers

Sep 2, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni reacts during the first half of game seven of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni will have a second interview this week for the head coach vacancy with the Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN reported Tuesday.

San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon had a second meeting with Portland on Monday, with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups also set for another conversation wtih the team, per the report.

Neither Hammond nor Billups, both 44, have run their own teams, while D’Antoni, 70, has 16 years of experience as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets (1998-99), Phoenix Suns (2003-08), New York Knicks (2008-12), Los Angeles Lakers (2012-14) and Houston Rockets (2016-20). He has a career coaching record of 672-527, plus 54-56 in the postseason.

The Trail Blazers fired head coach Terry Stotts after their first-round playoff exit.

Another Brooklyn assistant, Jacque Vaughn, is under consideration for a head coaching job.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been given permission to interview Vaughn as well as Milwaukee Bucks assistant Charles Lee for their head coaching job, which opened last week when Stan Van Gundy was fired after one season and a 31-41 record, ESPN also reported.

Vaughn, 46, was the head coach of the Orlando Magic (2012-14) and posted a 58-158 mark in three seasons.

Lee, 36, has been an NBA assistant for since 2014, first with the Atlanta Hawks and then the Bucks.

–Field Level Media