Tyrone Corbin finally has an answer regarding his job status with the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly the news he wanted to hear.
The Jazz will not be offering their head coach another contract after missing the playoffs for the second straight season, per the Jazz's official Twitter account:
In a statement posted on the team's official website, Utah president Randy Rigby spoke about Corbin's impact:
Ty represented himself and the Utah Jazz organization with great class and dignity, and he and his family have been an important part of our team and community for many years. I want to thank them for their numerous contributions to this franchise and wish them well in the future. They will always remain a part of the Jazz family.
Jazz CEO Greg Miller shared his thoughts on Corbin as a coach in Utah:
Spencer Checketts of 1280 The Zone notes that the coaching search will begin immediately:
The Jazz are coming off a 25-57 season under Corbin, their first losing season under the head coach.
Heading into the year, Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver said Corbin, who was entering the final year of his contract, could be on the hot seat despite Utah's youth movement:
The task ahead for Corbin is straightforward: prove to management that he’s the guy who can get the most out of a young core that includes Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Trey Burke. If he falls short, or simply doesn’t put his stamp on the season, Corbin could go the way of Gentry, Frank, Smart and Byron Scott (Cavaliers) by falling victim to the “it’s time for a new voice” routine.
In mid-March, The Salt Lake Tribune's Aaron Falk noted that Corbin's future with the franchise remained murky.
"Management and the coach’s agent have remained tight-lipped when it comes to the coach’s future," Falk wrote. "And Corbin himself says he has not had talks with the Jazz front office about his status, nor does he plan to until the season ends."
The Jazz will now begin the process of pursuing a plethora of available coaches looking for jobs.
During Corbin's three seasons and change—he replaced legendary coach Jerry Sloan in Feburary 2011—he led the Jazz to an overall record of 112-146. He accomplished that without any true superstars on the roster, and experienced a massive loss in talent this past summer when Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap departed in free agency.
Utah will have the opportunity to rectify that situation by landing a promising prospect in the draft this June. After finishing at the bottom of the West, the Jazz have the fourth-best chance (10.4 percent) of securing the No. 1 overall pick during the draft lottery on May 20. Doing so would allow Utah to grab a player like Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins, both of whom are potential franchise changers.
As for the actual coaching search, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski named a potential candidate:
With a quality draft pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the job looks all the more enticing for the next coach in Utah.
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