The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of their quest to train the coaches to find a replacement for Frank Vogel. Terry Stotts and Mark Jackson have already given an interview while Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin and Bucks assistant Darvin Ham will also be interviewing.
But one of the names mentioned as one of the Lakers’ goals from the start is Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder.
Snyder has a history with the Lakers franchise having worked as an assistant under Mike Brown, but he has been the head coach of Jazz since 2014. Under Snyder’s leadership, Jazz has grown to become one of the franchises’ most consistent in terms of regular season success.
The question now is whether Snyder is ready to leave the Jazz, but as with many of those involved in the basketball game, family matters too. In his exit interview after the end of the Jazz season, Snyder notes that his family absolutely loves it in Salt Lake City, via Sarah Todd of Deseret News:
“First of all, I’d like to say—and I’ve said this before, but it’s worth saying again—my family loved it here. He said with a smile before continuing.” My family loves it here. How is that? Lake, the experience has been and remains a wonderful experience.”
The happiness and well-being of the Snyder family will always be of paramount importance as they should be, and if they are extremely comfortable it will play a part. But Snyder is also known to have only one year left on his contract and didn’t sign an extension with Jazz when he was introduced, which is why the Lakers rumors have been so strong.
Regarding his contract, Snyder continued to decline to discuss it, though he praised the Jazz players he was able to coach:
“I am honored to coach this group of players and I remember that constantly throughout the year. We are all imperfect, but I am grateful for that and I really love our players,” he said. “Furthermore, I think I will continue to stress that I will not discuss my contractual situation publicly. This is not something I want to do or feel comfortable doing.”
Although Snyder is entitled to choose not to discuss his contract status, it will undoubtedly lead to more speculation about his future with Utah. The Lakers are known to have an interest, but it’s also been reported that Snyder isn’t ranking high on the Lakers job either.
The Lakers are taking their time with their research and would probably like to interview Snyder. But if he’s not interested, which seems likely to be the case, the Lakers are already exploring any number of options with plenty of other names likely to emerge over time.
The Lakers expected to interview 8-10 candidates
While the Lakers are still early in the process of finding a new head coach, a recent report indicates they will be interviewing at least 8-10 candidates, so it appears they have left no stone unturned.
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