The Jazz‘s list of candidates for their head coaching vacancy continues to grow, with Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic reporting (via Twitter) that the team will interview Sixers assistant Sam Cassell for the position.
As Charania points out, Jazz CEO Danny Ainge has some history with Cassell, who played for the Celtics team that won a championship in 2008. Ainge, of course, was Boston’s head of basketball operations at the time.
That title season was Cassell’s final one as a player. He joined the Wizards as an assistant coach from 2009-14, was an assistant for the Clippers under Doc Rivers from 2014-20, and is now once again an assistant under Rivers in Philadelphia.
Cassell hasn’t been linked to any other head coaching jobs this offseason, but has drawn interest as a candidate in past years. In 2021, for instance, he reportedly interviewed with the Celtics and Wizards before they hired Ime Udoka and Wes Unseld Jr., respectively.
As our head coaching search tracker shows, Cassell is the 15th candidate linked to the Jazz, who are casting an extremely wide net as they seek a replacement for Quin Snyder.