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Utah Jazz cleared to interview Knicks, Bucks and Celtics assistants in head coaching search


The Utah Jazz have been cleared to interview multiple assistant coaches in their search for Quin Snyder’s replacement, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The list includes New York Knicks associate head coach Johnnie Bryant, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee and Boston Celtics assistant coaches Will Hardy and Joe Mazzulla, sources said.

Utah also intends to interview Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen and former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, sources said.

Jazz Governor Ryan Smith and CEO Danny Ainge said in a Monday press conference with Snyder that they would conduct a thorough search for their next head coach. The list of candidates could grow.

“We’re going to take our time,” Smith said.

Ainge said he doesn’t feel any urgency to hire a head coach before the NBA draft or the start of free agency.

“We have to make this choice correctly,” said Ainge, who joined the Jazz mid-season, months after stepping down after an 18-year tenure as head of Celtics basketball operations. “I have big shoes to fill.”

Stotts spent time with the Jazz late in the season as a guest of Snyder, who was 372-264 in eight seasons at Utah, a tenure that ended with his resignation this week after declining an extension offer for the second straight offseason. . Stotts, who also served as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Bucks, has a career record of 517-486.

Bryant, 36, established a solid relationship with Utah All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell during Bryant’s tenure as an assistant coach under Snyder. Bryant, who played at the University of Utah, spent six seasons with the Jazz before leaving for New York two years ago.

Jensen, 46, who also played at the University of Utah, has been on the Jazz staff since 2013. He spent the previous two seasons as the head coach of the D-League Canton Charge of the time, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2012-13. Sources said Jensen will be the primary coach in charge of the Jazz’s offseason and is expected to coach the summer league team of the ‘Utah.