The Oklahoma City Thunder will hire Chip Engelland, considered an NBA shooting master, as an assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
Engelland comes to the Thunder after 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, where he was significantly credited with developing young players like Kawhi LeonardTony Parker and Dejounte Murrayand even veterans like Richard Jefferson.
Engelland, 61, left the Spurs after the sides could not agree on a new contract, the sources added. He has long been one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the league.
Engelland has a history with Thunder general manager Sam Presti since their paths crossed in San Antonio in the mid-2000s.
Oklahoma City is in the second year of a rebuild and has already brought together young talent like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddy and the second selection Chet Holmgren. Engelland will work with Mark Daignault’s coaching staff to develop the shooting habits of the young squad.
In another move, the Thunder will sign Philadelphia 76ers executive Vince Rozman as vice president of identification and intelligence, sources told ESPN. Rozman worked his way up in Philadelphia to a vice president position for more than 15 years.
The Thunder have 15 first-round picks and 13 second-round picks through the 2029 draft, including the top seven.
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OKC to hire ‘shooting guru’ Chip Engelland