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Quin Snyder refuses to discuss Jazz contract status amid Lakers head coach rumors | Launderer’s report


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Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder declined to discuss the status of his contract with reporters Monday amid rumors the Los Angeles Lakers might be interested in bringing him on board.

“My family loves it here,” Snyder said, per Eric Walden of Salt Lake Grandstand.

“…The experience continues to be great. …Beyond that, I continue to affirm that I will not publicly discuss my contract situation.”

Longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein reported on his Substack on Saturday that the Lakers, who need a new head coach after parting ways with Frank Vogel, are waiting to see if the head coach of Snyder or the Philadelphia 76ers, Doc Rivers, becomes available.

“Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin and Jackson are the four candidates known to have interviewed the Lakers to date. Sources argue that the Lakers’ search is deliberately moving at least in part because LA wants to see if Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers or Utah’s Quin Snyder will hit the open market this offseason.”

According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Snyder still has one year left on his contract. He also has an option for 2023-24, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick.

The Jazz seem to be at a crossroads after a disappointing season. They started the year 26-10 but finished 23-23 and fell to fifth in the Western Conference with a 49-33 record. Utah lost in six games to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The previous year, Utah finished first in the Western Conference but was knocked out by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round.

It’s fair to wonder if the Jazz have gone as far as they can with their current core.

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are great players in their own right, and they’re flanked by talented guards and wings (Mike Conley Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson), but the Jazz can’t make it past the semis conference with this current group.

However, it doesn’t appear that Jazz Brass is looking to change coaches. By Amick:

“…the 55-year-old remains highly regarded by everyone from sophomore owner Ryan Smith to freshman basketball CEO Danny Ainge to general manager Justin Zanik. The Jazz’s loss to Dallas in the Game 6 of their first-round game on Thursday doesn’t change that, and sources say ownership and management don’t see Snyder as part of the problem.”

If anything, a potential move away from the sidelines of jazz would come from Snyder himself, according to Amick.

“Sources say Snyder wasn’t sure what his future as a coach might hold for him all season, and his plan has been to see how things ended and then reevaluate his own view of it all at from there,” Amick wrote.

“As far as what might happen next, it seems almost every scenario is on the table.”

Snyder has done very well in eight seasons at Utah, making the playoffs in each of his last six campaigns. He also took over a team that went 25-57 in 2013-14 before suffering a 13-win improvement.

Therefore, it’s understandable why the Lakers might be interested. The question now seems to be what Snyder wants to do, and there isn’t much clarity on that. For the moment, he remains the coach of the Jazz with one year of his contract.