Updates from Friday, June 6
ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Jazz have found their new head coach:
Source close to situation confirms @sportando report that Utah Jazz are hiring Hawks assistant Quin Snyder as their new coach— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 6, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Jody Genessy of the Deseret News has multiple tidbits of information regarding the Utah Jazz's search for their next head coach:
Hearing from multiple sources that ex-University of Utah coach Jim Boylen is no longer a candidate for the Utah Jazz's head coach position.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 4, 2014
Quin Snyder, Alvin Gentry and Adrian Griffin remain the top candidates for the Jazz job after second interviews, according to sources.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 4, 2014
Jazz are being VERY tight lipped about a fourth candidate. Sources confirm there is one, but I haven't been able to find out who it is yet.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 4, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 2
ESPN LA's Ramona Shelburne has the latest on a candidates reported second interview with the Jazz:
Word is Clippers associate HC Alvin Gentry will have a second interview with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. He's also interviewed with Cle&LAL— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that a new candidate has emerged on Utah's radar for their head coaching vacancy:
The Utah Jazz, as part of a broad coaching search expected to feature some 20 candidates, plan to sound out Jazz legend John Stockton to see whether he has any interest in the position, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that Jazz officials intend to at least pose the question to the Hall of Fame guard about his willingness to move into coaching, while mindful of Stockton's lack of previous coaching experience and the fact that he has long loathed the sort of spotlight associated with the job.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey declined comment Tuesday night about Stockton or any other prospective candidates when reached by ESPN.com.
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Jazz have interest in one former player as their next head coach:
Latest on Steve Kerr front: Utah Jazz, I'm told, have also tried to wedge their way into the race for the TNT analyst alongside NYK and GSW— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Early Tuesday morning, ESPN's Marc Stein suggested an interest candidate for head coach of the Jazz:
More than one coaching insider has insisted Utah is on short list of teams that will give legit consideration to Euro legend Ettore Messina— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 22, 2014
Stein went on to explain why Messina is a potential candidate:
Utah's Dennis Lindsey and top front-office aide Justin Zanik are both known to be big fans of Messina. And word in Europe all season ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 22, 2014
Word in Europe all season has been that Messina, once he's done with CSKA Moscow's current campaign, wants to make the jump to the NBA— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 22, 2014
Detractors say Messina drives players too hard to succeed in NBA. Fans insist he can adapt after that season he spent as a Lakers assistant— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 22, 2014
After finishing the regular season a disappointing 25-57, last in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz haven't wasted much time getting their offseason started. On Monday, the team decided against retaining head coach Tyrone Corbin.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey commented on the move and spoke about Corbin, via NBA.com:
I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons. This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.
The search for a new coach now begins in earnest, according to Spencer Checketts of 1280 The Zone:
The @utahjazz make it official. Tyrone Corbin will not be back as head coach. A search for a new head coach will "begin immediately."— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) April 21, 2014
As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports shares, the team has already identified one potential candidate in Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen:
One likely candidate for Jazz coaching job, sources tell Yahoo: Spurs assistant Jim Boylen. He has a strong history with GM Dennis Lindsey.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
Sam Amick of USA Today thinks Lindsey will return to his roots in the search, whether that be Boylen or another candidate:
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey likely to pay homage to his Spurs roots in coaching search, Jim Boylen or otherwise.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 21, 2014
Expect the team to be very thorough in its search, however—as Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated points out, a lot is at stake in this decision:
Corbin's contract had expired so he wasn't fired. Jazz have just elected to move on. With so much young talent, next hire will be huge.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 21, 2014
With Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter on the roster and another lottery pick in this year's draft, the future appears bright for the Jazz. There is a young core in place that should instigate a major turnaround in Utah, and finding the right man to lead that movement will define the next five to 10 years of the organization.
Despite leading the team to the playoffs in 2011-12 and a winning record last year, this year's disappointing season—or carefully crafted tanking campaign, depending on how you look at it—indicated to the team Corbin wasn't the man for the job.
It certainly isn't easy replacing a legend, as SportsCenter on Twitter highlights:
Jazz do not offer Tyrone Corbin contract to return as coach. He went 112-146 since taking over for Jerry Sloan. pic.twitter.com/eJezUMy7r2— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 21, 2014
Corbin was a valued assistant under Jerry Sloan, so he'll likely find another job around the league in a similar role. And he certainly isn't alone on the chopping block, as the New York Knicks fired Mike Woodson (per Amick) already as well.
Boylen is an intriguing early candidate. He spent time as the head coach of the University of Utah from 2007 to 2011, compiling an overall record of 69-60. He also represents one of the top franchises in the Association, and his time with Gregg Popovich can only be seen as a positive.
More names are sure to emerge in the coming weeks, though. With the potential of drafting a future star in this year's draft and pieces to build around, Utah's open position is one that should draw interest from available candidates.