ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this morning (via Twitter) that Michigan coach Juwan Howard is viewed as a possible NBA head coaching candidate who is “gaining traction” within front offices. However, less than two hours later, Howard put out a statement indicating that he doesn’t plan on exploring NBA opportunities at this time.
“There was a report of my name as a potential candidate for NBA coaching opportunities,” Howard tweeted. “While I am flattered, and know it will more than likely happen again, I am NOT exploring, seeking, or listening.”
Howard, who previously served as an assistant coach on Erik Spoelstra‘s staff in Miami, generated plenty of interest on the head coaching market during the spring of 2019. He reportedly interviewed with the Lakers and Cavaliers, and received an offer from the Timberwolves to become the associate head coach on Ryan Saunders‘ staff.
However, he opted instead to return to his alma mater, reaching an agreement on a five-year deal to coach the Wolverines. Since he’s only one season into that five-year commitment, it makes sense that he’d be disinclined to begin pursuing NBA opportunities again. Michigan also did well on the recruiting trail this year, with Juwan’s son Jace Howard among the players joining the Wolverines for the 2020/21 season.