Jan 17, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen gives direction to his team during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at AT&T Center. The Blazers won 109-100. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Jim Boylen out of Utah Jazz coaching race


San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen was in the mix for the Utah Jazz head coaching gig, but he is reportedly now out of contention as he prepares for the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

According to reports, the Jazz won’t be naming him their next head coach.

From Jody Genessey of the Deseret News:

Boylen, a friend of Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, is no longer in the running to replace Tyrone Corbin as Utah’s bench boss, according to multiple sources.

Utah now seems to be deciding between Alvin Gentry, Adrian Griffin, Quin Snyder and a mystery candidate, who seems to always find their way into every head coaching search.

There is no word on why Boylen is no longer in the mix for the Utah coaching job, but it is a bit surprising considering his experience working with arguably the best head coach currently in the NBA.

We will have to see which direction the Jazz ultimately decide to go and who the mystery candidate ends up being, but Spurs fans can now breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that they do not need to worry about their top assistant leaving the San Antonio bench for at least another season.

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