With the Utah Jazz still searching for their head coach of the future, the team may look in-house to get their man for the job.
According to a report by Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, assistant coach Brad Jones is on a ‘short list’ of candidates that includes Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, Atlanta Hawks assistant and former Missouri coach Quin Snyder, as well as longtime coach Alvin Gentry.
Jones joined the Jazz after spending two years with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League. He was a full-time assistant under former Jazz coach Tyron Corbin, as well as the player development director for the team.
Dennis Lindsey, the current general manager of the Jazz, worked closely with Jones while serving as the San Antonio Spurs’ assistant GM in 2012.
I’ve been told multiple times that Brad Jones and Alex Jensen will be good coaches in the NBA, for what that’s worth.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 5, 2014
All reports indicate that Snyder is still the frontrunner to land the position, though. His most recent coaching experience includes working as an assistant for the Euroleague’s PBC CSKA Moscow in 2012-13, as well as an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers one year prior.
Jones is the nephew of NBA Hall of Famer and Utah legend Jerry Sloan, who’s widely considered to be the greatest coach in franchise history.
The Jazz finished with the worst record in the Western Conference this season at 25-57. Whether it’s Jones, Snyder or anyone else in that head coach role, they’ll have a lot of work ahead of them to get this team back in the playoff picture.