Earlier this month, Quin Snyder decided to step down as head coach of the Utah Jazz following eight seasons with the club. The team went 372-264 during his time in charge, and made the playoffs in six of his eight seasons. They never advanced beyond the second round, however, and often suffered collapses in the postseason.
Snyder was under contract until 2024, and the team was hopeful that he would stick around — even going so far as to offer him a contract extension, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. But despite the Jazz’s efforts to convince him otherwise, Snyder, who is currently in recovery after undergoing hip surgery, decided he was done.
His departure has left star guard Donovan Mitchell “unsettled and unnerved,” per Wojnarowski, and while that doesn’t mean his departure is imminent — he’s under contract until 2026, with a player option for the final season, and is yet to ask for a trade — it does mean the Jazz must get this coaching hire correct.
On that front, the team is casting a wide net in its search for a new leader. The Jazz have received permission from other teams to interview four different assistants so far, and will also look in house and at former coaches. Here’s a look at the initial candidates, per Wojnarowski.
- Johnnie Bryant — Assistant coach, New York Knicks
- Will Hardy — Assistant coach, Boston Celtics
- Joe Mazzulla — Assistant coach, Boston Celtics
- Charles Lee — Assistant coach, Milwaukee Bucks
- Alex Jenson — Assistant coach, Utah Jazz
- Terry Stotts — Former head coach of Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks
It’s still too early in the process to know which way the Jazz are leaning, but we should know more in the coming days. With the 2022 NBA Draft just a few weeks away, and free agency starting in less than a month, the Jazz aren’t going to want to wait long to make a decision.