Report: Thunder coaching candidate Will Weaver quarantining in Oklahoma City
Will Weaver, an emerging candidate for the Thunder head coaching job, is in quarantine in Oklahoma City, ESPN reported Thursday night.
Weaver, from Austin, Texas, is the head coach of the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League.
The Kings issued a statement Thursday night that they had granted Weaver permission to travel to the U.S. to "participate in in-person interviews arising from recent discussions with NBA teams."
"We support Will in this process," Kings owner Paul Smith said in the statement. "It is implicit to our vision for the Sydney Kings, a club that helps ambitious people move forward in their careers."
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Weaver graduated from Texas, where he landed a graduate assistant position on Rick Barnes' staff in 2006 — Kevin Durant's freshman season. Weaver spent four years on the Longhorn staff before taking an assistant coaching job at Sam Houston State in 2010.
While in Huntsville, Texas, an hour north of Houston, Weaver met Sam Hinkie, then the Rockets' executive vice president of basketball operations. When Hinkie became president and general manager of the 76ers in 2013, he hired Weaver as a video coordinator.
Weaver later spent two seasons in Brooklyn as a special assistant under coach Kenny Atkinson. Weaver was named head coach of the G League Long Island Nets in 2018. He was named G League Coach of the Year that season.
The Sydney Kings hired Weaver in March 2019.
Weaver was also a candidate for the Pelicans' opening, ESPN reported. New Orleans instead hired Stan Van Gundy.
The Thunder is the only organization still conducting a head coaching search.