The Portland Trail Blazers are one of a few teams around the League these days with a coaching vacancy—their previous head coach, Kaleb Canales, operated on an interim basis after he was promoted mid-last season—and according to CSNNW, Canales is the favorite to earn the position permanently: “Trail Blazers interim head coach, Kaleb Canales, has come on strong as the favorite to secure their head coaching vacancy, according to a source. The thinking is, if the Trail Blazers aren’t going to be competing for a championship anytime soon and if they’re going to hold on to their two lottery picks, Canales, 34, is being viewed as ‘the perfect guy’ to take over the young Trail Blazer roster. Indiana Pacers’ assistant coach, Brian Shaw, has interest in the Trail Blazers head coaching vacancy, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking and Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach, Mike Malone, has interest as well. CSNNW.com is being told the Trail Blazers will still conduct a head coaching search.”