The Jazz announced on Sunday that they have parted ways with longtime head coach Quin Snyder, and Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy could be a candidate for the position.
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 boom – joined the Celtics last season as Udoka’s chief assistant. He joined Spurs in 2013 as a video coordinator.
Hardy graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Some reports suggested Snyder could be a candidate for the open head coaching job with the Lakers, but they hired former Bucks assistant Darvin Ham last week.
The Jazz are in an interesting position right now – according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, observatory Donovan Mitchell is “nervous” about Snyder’s departure and what it means for the future franchise. Snyder also reportedly had a good relationship with jazz center Rudy Gobert.
“Quin Snyder has for the past eight years embodied what jazz basketball is,” jazz owner Ryan Smith wrote in a statement. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail that Quin displays every day is a testament to the professional he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.”
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