The Utah Jazz are on the verge of taking another big step in the reboot they started in 2013.
After deciding not to renew the contract of Tyrone Corbin on Monday, they're in the market for a new head coach. According to the team's website, "The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has elected not to offer head coach Tyrone Corbin a new contract. As a result, a search for a new head coach will begin immediately."
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said, "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."
Searching for a replacement puts the organization in unfamiliar territory and will begin right away. The last time such a hire was made during the offseason was all the way back in 1979—the summer the team moved from New Orleans to Salt Lake City.
That's due in large part to the consistency and longevity of legendary coach Jerry Sloan, who led the team from 1988 to 2011. He's still remembered fondly by Jazz fans, and the next coach will likely face some comparisons to him despite the buffer of Corbin's tenure.
Finding someone who can hold up against such scrutiny while blazing his own trail within the organization should be a factor in a search that will be spearheaded by Lindsey.
According to the Deseret News' Jody Genessy, it will be the second time Lindsey's been a part of this process during his career:
Lindsey’s only experience with an NBA coach search came in 2003 when he was the Houston Rockets’ vice president of basketball operations and player personnel, working with then-GM Carroll Dawson. That summer was the transition period between Rockets coaches Rudy Tomjanovich and Jeff Van Gundy.
It was also in Houston where Lindsey became acquainted with Jim Boylen, current top assistant to Gregg Popovich in San Antonio and former head coach of the NCAA's Utah Utes.