The Utah Jazz became the third team in the offseason to part ways with their head coach after the Lakers and Hornets. The franchise announced they parted ways with head coach Quin Snyder.
After eight seasons, the Jazz will have a new face in their bench. According to Shams Charania, Utah has already started searching for a new head coach, with former Jazz’s assistant Johnnie Bryant and former Blazers’ head coach Terry Stotts being among the initial candidates.
More specifically, Sharania refers to the names of Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant, Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, Celtics assistant Will Hardy and Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin.
Sources: Among initial candidates for Utah’s open head coaching job: Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant, Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, Celtics assistant Will Hardy and Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 5, 2022
All of those coaches had at some pointed being mentioned as candidates for several jobs around the NBA. Terry Stotts was also among the candidates for the Charlotte Hornets head coaching vacancy.
Later, Sharania and The Athletic’s Tony Jones also mentioned Bucks assistant Charles Lee and Suns assistant Kevin Young. Lee was also got interviewed for the Lakers’ head coach vacancy before hiring Darvin Ham a few days ago.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 6, 2022
Chicago Bulls reportedly interested in Rudy Gobert
Chicago Bulls are interested in adding a big this offseason and they could be interested in Rudy Gobert this offseason, per The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. Gobert may be on the move this summer if Utah decides to re-purpose its roster.
“Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported last month that the Raptors have expressed interest in Gobert. I’ve heard those rumblings too. Sources have also indicated the Bulls are a team with interest in Gobert (and other centers on the market, including Knicks free agent Mitchell Robinson).”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has already reported that All-Star Donovan Mitchell is “unsettled” by his head coach’s departure. And this comes after months of speculation about whether or not the 25-year-old can see a future with the franchise.
Rumors of tension between Gobert and Mitchell have been present for years, and many believe a drastic change would involve moving the center over the younger Mitchell. O’Connor doubled down on the rumor the Raptors have also interest in the French big.
However, he added the Bulls will be an interested side as a team that will need to add more firepower in the defensive side of the ball. Gobert could offer that, being among the best players defending the paint in the NBA.