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Jazz head coach rumors: Utah adding Adrian Griffin, Kevin Young, Chris Quinn to list of candidates

Here’s a look at Utah’s list of candidates.

Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics - Game Six
Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin of the Toronto Raptors calls a play during the game against the Boston Celtics in Game six of the second round of the 2020 Playoffs as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on September 9, 2020 at The Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
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June 8 update: The Jazz are continuing to expand the list of candidates for their vacant head coaching position, per Woj. This looks like its going to be a truly expansive search, so there isn’t going to be a resolution here in the near future.


The Utah Jazz have released an initial list of the candidates they’d like to interview for their head coaching position, per Adrian Wojnarowski. It’s a wide array of candidates, including current Jazz assistants Terry Stotts and Alex Jensen.

Stotts has previous NBA head coaching experience, which is something which could separate him from the rest of the pool right now. He and Jensen has an additional advantage in that they both have a current connection with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who the team has said is “not in trade talks” for now. With Quin Snyder officially stepping away, Mitchell will have a say in the team’s next head coach.

There’s a theory about Bryant being in consideration for the job, per Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune. Bryant does have some significant coaching chops though, as he’s an associate head coach with the Knicks since 2020. Prior to that, he was an assistant with the Jazz from 2014-20.

There are two Celtics assistants in the mix, which is expected considering Danny Ainge’s current standing in Utah and his ties to Boston. Both Will Hardy and Joe Mazzulla will get significant consideration with this connection, although it might not be enough if Mitchell wants Bryant as his coach.