Report: Nets Never Made 'Substantial Contact' with Quin Snyder After Steve Nash Exit

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2022

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The Brooklyn Nets reportedly didn't make much of an attempt to gauge former Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder's interest in the team's head coaching job after firing Steve Nash this week.

According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, there was "no substantial contact" between the Nets and Snyder in terms of discussing the vacancy.

Instead, the expectation is that the Nets will hire suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka as their new head coach. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that a formal announcement confirming Udoka as the team's next head coach was expected "soon."

For now, Jacque Vaughn is serving as the interim head coach of the Nets amid their disappointing 2-6 start.

Despite having a roster led by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, the Nets have been a nonfactor in the Eastern Conference so far this season.

They were more of a threat in the previous two seasons under Nash, but even then they performed below expectations with second- and first-round playoff exits.

The Nets hired Nash as the head coach in 2020 despite his lack of coaching experience, hoping that the two-time NBA MVP and Basketball Hall of Famer would be able to communicate effectively with the team's star players, but it never seemed to click.

If the Nets finalize the hiring of Udoka, they will bring back a coach who was on Nash's staff in Brooklyn during the 2021-22 season.

Udoka left the Nets to become head coach of the Celtics. He led Boston to a 51-31 record and reached the NBA Finals in his only year with the organization.

Shortly before the start of the 2022-23 campaign, Udoka was suspended for allegedly making unwanted comments toward a female staffer, and Joe Mazzulla was named the interim head coach.

Snyder seemingly would have been worth heavy consideration. Before resigning from his position during the offseason, Snyder was head coach of the Jazz for eight seasons.

During his tenure, Snyder posted a 372-264 record and led Utah to the playoffs in each of the past six seasons.

The biggest knock against Snyder was a lack of playoff success, as the Jazz failed to make it beyond the second round during his time as head coach.

If the Nets are indeed off the table, Snyder may have to wait to see what jobs are available to him next offseason.