NBA rumours: Celtics assistant Will Hardy vying for Jazz head coach job

The Utah Jazz are looking for a new head coach after Quin Snyder left after eight seasons with the organization.

Leading the search is former Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who left the C’s last year and later became Jazz’s CEO. With Ainge’s days in Boston behind him, he could still look to the Cs to help build Utah’s future.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy is among the first candidates for the Jazz’s head coaching position. Others reportedly under consideration are New York Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant, Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts and Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin.

Hardy joined the Celtics last summer shortly after Ime Udoka was hired as the team’s new head coach. After finishing his playing career at Williams College, he learned under legendary San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. He was Spurs’ video coordinator from 2013 to 2015 and spent four seasons as an assistant coach on the San Antonio bench. In 2019, Hardy was part of the coaching staff for Team USA alongside Udoka at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup.

Whoever fills the role of Snyder will have big shoes to fill. During his tenure as Jazz head coach, the team had a 372-264 regular season record and made six straight playoff appearances.

As of Sunday, the Charlotte Hornets are the only other team to have a vacant head coaching position.

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