In a surprising turn of events, Quin Snyder has stepped down as head coach of the Utah Jazz. With rumors of Donovan Mitchell being unhappy with the organization coupled with Rudy Gobert’s possible trade talks, this franchise could find itself in a rebuild rather quickly. However, it sounds like ownership might have a plan to please their current stars.
According to Marc Stein, Jazz owner Ryan Smith is planning to take his time with the head coaching search. Considering Utah has been a solid competitor over recent years, this is the right approach. There is no reason for the organization to make a quick decision, especially considering they have the entire offseason to prepare for.
Jazz owner Ryan Smith on replacing Quin Snyder as coach: "We're going to take our time. Gotta get it right." https://t.co/7ys4thcmgT
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 6, 2022
This information may entice Donovan Mitchell to stay put in Utah for the time being. The right coach will be able to utilize Mitchell accordingly while keeping the Jazz competitive in the Western Conference. The decision to be patient may have bought the franchise some time to work things out with their superstar guard.
It’s not an ideal situation, but Utah is handling it the right way. Many fear Donovan Mitchell will be on the way with Quin Snyder stepping down. Even so, the Jazz seem hopeful to retain their star and build around him for next season. As for Rudy Gobert, trade rumors continue to ensue around the defensive juggernaut.
There are a few names to keep an eye on throughout the offseason, per Marc Stein. Although unlikely, “one coaching candidate sure to interest Danny Ainge as he launches a search for Quin Snyder’s replacement is Brad Stevens.” Some other names to watch for are Terry Stotts, David Fizdale, and Johnnie Bryant.