2022 NBA Head Coaching Search Tracker

With another regular season in the books, a handful of teams around the NBA are making head coaching changes in advance of the 2022/23 campaign.

In the space below, we’ll provide regular updates on the head coaching searches for each club that has yet to give anyone the permanent title. Some of these searches could extend well into the offseason, so be sure to check back often for the latest updates.

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Updated 5-20-22 (1:20pm CT)


Active Searches:

Charlotte Hornets

  • Previous coach:
  • Interviewed/expected to interview:
    • Former NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni (story)
    • Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson (story)
    • Bucks assistant Darvin Ham (story)
    • Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney (story)
    • Bucks assistant Charles Lee (story)
    • Nets assistant David Vanterpool (story)
    • Former NBA head coach Frank Vogel (story)
    • Former NBA head coach Terry Stotts (story)
  • Other rumored candidates/targets:
    • Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse (story)
    • Jazz head coach Quin Snyder (story)

There have been conflicting reports about whether the Hornets’ coaching change was spearheaded by president of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak or team owner Michael Jordan. Whoever ultimately instigated the move, the upshot is that Hornets leadership – apparently frustrated by the club’s subpar defense and poor play-in performances – decided Borrego was no longer the man for the job, despite his solid track record of player development.

The Hornets are said to prefer candidates with previous head coaching experience, but are casting a wider net and interviewing experienced assistants as well. The organization wants to find a coach who can end Charlotte’s six-year playoff drought and continue molding the team into a contender.

D’Antoni and Ham are believed to be serious candidates for the job.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Previous coach:
  • Interviewed/expected to interview:
    • Bucks assistant Darvin Ham (story)
    • Former NBA head coach Terry Stotts (story)
    • Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson (story)
    • Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin (story)
    • Former NBA head coach Mark Jackson (story)
    • Bucks assistant Charles Lee (story)
  • Other rumored candidates/targets:
    • Former NBA head coach Scott Brooks (story)
    • Jazz assistant Alex Jensen (story)
    • Sixers head coach Doc Rivers (story)
    • Michigan head coach Juwan Howard (story)
    • Jazz head coach Quin Snyder (story)
    • Raptors head coach Nick Nurse (story)

Vogel, predictably, became the fall guy in Los Angeles for one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. But the handling of Vogel’s dismissal, the Lakers’ cap inflexibility, and rumors of front office meddling may diminish the position’s appeal for a number of would-be candidates, especially those who already have head coaching jobs — a few of the names in the second half of the “rumored candidates/targets” list above should probably be considered pipe dreams, or at least long shots.

Despite missing even the play-in tournament in 2022, the Lakers have title aspirations going forward and will be seeking out the coach they feel is best equipped to get them back to that level. Ham, Stotts, and Atkinson are reportedly finalists.


Completed Searches:

Sacramento Kings

  • New coach:
  • Previous coach:
  • Also reportedly interviewed/considered:
    • Former NBA head coach Mark Jackson (story)
    • Former NBA head coach Steve Clifford (story)
    • Former NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni (story)
    • Bucks assistant Darvin Ham (story)
    • Bucks assistant Charles Lee (story)
    • Celtics assistant Will Hardy (story)

Gentry, who replaced Luke Walton during the first half of 2021/22, previously stuck around following interim stints in Detroit and Phoenix to become those teams’ permanent head coaches, but he was unable to replicate that feat in Sacramento, leading the club to an underwhelming 24-41 record to close out the season.

After the Kings decided to replace Gentry, a report indicated that they wanted to hire a defensive-minded head coach who had experience turning a lottery team into a playoff club. Brown (Cleveland), Jackson (Golden State), and Clifford (Charlotte and Orlando) – Sacramento’s three finalists – all fit that bill. The team ultimately chose Brown, hiring him away from a Golden State franchise that Kings governor Vivek Ranadive used to own a stake in.

Brown reportedly receive a four-year contract from the Kings.


Situations to Monitor:

Utah Jazz

  • Current coach: Quin Snyder

Speculation about Snyder’s future began well before the Jazz were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The general belief is that Utah won’t fire Snyder, but that there’s a chance he’ll voluntarily step down, either for another job or to take a year off. His situation should be resolved one way or another in the coming days or weeks.

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