The Jazz have requested permission to interview three more assistant coaches from around the NBA as they seek a replacement for Quin Snyder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter links). According to Wojnarowski, the team is also planning to meet with Heat assistant Chris Quinn, Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, and Suns assistant Kevin Young.
Griffin and Young were previously identified by The Athletic as head coaching candidates on Utah’s preliminary list, but this is the first time we’ve heard Quinn linked to the club. Quinn, Griffin, and Young will join eight other candidates who are reportedly expected to interview with the Jazz, bringing the total count to 11 — and that number could continue to grow.
The full list of Utah’s reported candidates can be found at our head coaching search tracker.
Here’s more on the Jazz:
- Based on his conversations with people around the NBA, Ian Begley of SNY.tv (video link) gets the sense that Snyder’s exit from Utah will impact Rudy Gobert‘s future with the Jazz more than Donovan Mitchell‘s, making it more likely that Gobert is moved. Multiple recent reports have suggested that the Jazz are open to discussing Gobert, but have shut down trade inquiries on Mitchell.
- In a story for SNY.tv, Begley stresses that the support for Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant within the Jazz organization goes beyond Mitchell. Bryant, a candidate for Utah’s head coaching job, is known to be close with Mitchell, but built plenty of other strong relationships during his time as a Jazz assistant from 2014-20.
- Jazz assistant Erdem Can has reached an agreement to join Turkish club Türk Telekom, according to a report from Ugur Ozan Sulak of Socrates (Twitter link). Can was an assistant with Fenerbahçe from 2012-21 before joining Snyder’s staff for the ’21/22 season. He reportedly received a two-year deal from Türk Telekom, with an NBA out after year one.
- Koby McEwen (Weber State), Noah Kirkwood (Harvard), Au’Diese Toney (Arkansas), and Amadou Sow (UC-Santa Barbara) are among the prospects who participated in a pre-draft workout with the Jazz on Tuesday, tweets Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune. As previously reported, Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn and BYU’s Alex Barcello also took part in that session.
9 thoughts on “Jazz Notes: Quinn, Griffin, Young, Gobert, Can, More”
Jazz want to trade everyone except Mitchell
The key is to upgrade the Jazz roster
The best idea would be
2 Jazz players for 1 good player
5 teams have assets to acquire Gobert
Mavs have no assets to acquire Gobert.
Replace QUIN with QUINN !!
The team may want to try to get YOUNG !!
Rocky Balboa wants them to go with ADRIAN !!
Either trade Mitchell
– Donovan Mitchell for SGA and 3 firsts
Or trade Rudy Gobert
– Rudy Gobert straight swap for Pascal Siakim
Now looking ahead to the future.
Trading Donovan although he’s such a key figure especially on the offence probably causes the least amount of change. SGA can pick up Spidas role on the team and basically do everything he did and what he can’t do he provides a different skill set which could actually be a better fit. For example SGA is a better outside shooter and better passer/playmaker which could benefit the team. To sweeten the deal your also getting a bunch of first round picks from OKC which makes building ahead for the future better.
Now if you moved Gobert you’d be making a drastic change. Gobert not only leads the teams defence but he basically is the teams defence and without him being on the side it’ll be interesting to see how they manage at that end of the floor. Siakim is a solid defender himself but not at the same level and giving up and centre for a power forward itself also brings a change. Not to say these changes are the wrong move tho. Spida and Siakim could strike a good friendship and be an amazing duo. Filling out the roster around them could lead to other great additions and actually making a better team. But there are no guarantees they could miss on all centres in FA and trades and end up having to play Azuibike as their starting centre next season. Maybe Siakim and Donovan don’t work and he demands a trade out of this team after they sacked the coach.
My preference would be to trade Donovan.
1. he’s going to net you a better return, a fringe young all star level player and multiple first round picks.
2. I believe SGA offers a perfect complementary skill set for what this team needs. His outside shooting and his playmaking ability. Rudy will get more touches which will lead to easy buckets.
3. Donovan has reportedly been u happy with Gobert for a while and now the head coach leaving and needing to hire someone. He could wind up being unhappy no matter who you employ and you don’t need that drama.
4. It also causes the least amount of change to a system which has worked really well now for multiple seasons. If anything I think it could make the team better.
They’ve already said they’re not trading Donovan. Rudy and Bogdanovic are the rumored pair being offered. There could be more. Likely, everyone but Mitchell are available for discussion.
The trouble is, if they traded Gobert then they’ll need to trade a lot of these guys. Can’t get by with limited defensive skills anymore. They definitely need to get taller at every position if Rudy is traded.
However, I’m guessing they’re waiting to find a coach first before they do any trades.
Say the Gobert deal happens, I think Toronto could build such a strong team off the back of it.
OG apparently has made complains about a lack of touches and things, well let’s ship him straight swaps for Micheal Porter Jr.
which does mean having to release the rights to Thad Young.
Then you go into FA looking to build around your newly formed team. I’d take Ochai Agbaji 12th in the draft and Micheal Baldwin Jr 33rd. Bring back Chris Boucher at a reasonable 2 year 14mil deal, then in FA send Taurean Prince a 1 year 5mil deal and Corey Joseph a 1 year 5mil deal.
Leaving you with
1. FVV. Joseph. Flynn
2. Trent Jr. Agbaji. Svi
3. Barnes. Prince. Baldwin Jr
4. MPJ. Boucher
5. Gobert. Achiwura. Birch
You’d have an elite defence, some good playmaking and some solid outside shooting with decent depth. Building for a really strong future especially if MPJ can stay healthy and regain his form
On the OP: Good ideas. I like SGA taking over and the positive changes it would cause to Utah. Of course I could say that about any team+SGA!
Mitchell would advance OKC with his skills, but I wonder what Presti wants, maybe those high picks. Or even, what Mitchell wants: shots, wins or fame.
Your Gobert trade reflests a team is willing to sacrifice for him.
Agree with all the text… I said similar below. It took me too long to integrate all of Gobert’s nicknames though! Maybe I use the method I arrived at later for someone else! Aren’t you all lucky.
The Jazz also have Whiteside as a candidate for increased minutes at C.
Everyone thought that if some Jazzer had to go, it should be Gobert, more than Mitchell or less valuable others… so that report above^^ is not new.
Assuming: The unique Jazz method leans on Gobert more than Mitchell b/c:
1)the Styfle Tower is literally located in the middle of it;
2)the huge Gobzilla contract needed to be justified by utilizing his lane domination;
3)the French Rejection did not mix with Favors, and Hayward & Rubio left;
4)the Gobert Report was there first; and
5)The Jazz could sign Bojan, an allstar combo F, who they said was the best FA they ever signed.
A scheme was developed for it. The best WC W-L record followed, but at it’s peak, was a playoff failure to a team that figured them out and hit all their corner shots and were from LA but were not even LA’s best. Some insiders seemed to sour on the Jazz.
Now, when someone departs (Snyder), followed by multiple reports that Gobert may follow, one can assume the Gobert-based scheme will go too. And that was triggered by Snyder leaving, which means, ta-da, it was Snyder’s scheme.
He will be in demand, and whever Snyder goes, that team will look for:
1)a dominant center who does not need a PF;
2)forwards who want to get downcourt quickly (if not early) to get their shot and not have to beat an orhanized defense in the halfcourt;
3)guards who can create better than defend (Mitchell iso, Conley 2-man PNR. A dream of the young Snyder, remember him at Duke?)
Previously, I am not for sure this connection could have been made between the Jazz scheme to Snyder, or the old GM or tradition there or just coincidence.
Look for Snyder to carry the scheme to his next job, which looks like a trendy scheme anyway, fitting what is popular in the NBA.
Prediction: dominAyton. Agents for Snyder & Ayton are huddling.