The Jazz announced on Sunday that it has parted ways with longtime head coach Quin Snyder, and Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy may be up for the job.
According to The Athletic’s Shams CharaniaHardy is one of several candidates along with Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant, Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts and Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin.
Hardy – who, like Ime Udoka, is part of Gregg Popovich’s coaching tree – joined the Celtics last offseason as Udoka’s chief assistant. He started with Spurs in 2013 as a video coordinator.
Hardy graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Some reports suggest Snyder could be a candidate for the open head coaching job with the Lakers, but they signed former Bucks assistant Darvin Ham last week.
The Jazz are now in an interesting position – according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, star guard Donovan Mitchell is “pissed off” by Snyder’s departure and what it means for the franchise going forward. Snyder also reportedly had a good relationship with jazz center Rudy Gobert.
“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” Jazz owner Ryan Smith wrote in a statement. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.
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