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Utah Jazz head coaching search may be coming to an end just before the draft

As the 2014 NBA Draft approaches, the Utah Jazz appear to be adding by subtraction. According to most team insiders, only five candidates remain. And one is a curious recent addition mainly because of a somewhat checkered past as a college basketball coach.

Utah Jazz head coach candidates. Pictured: Quin Snyder.
Utah Jazz head coach candidates. Pictured: Quin Snyder.
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Nevertheless, Deseret News reporter Jody Genessy broke some interesting news on Friday, May 30 when he first reported that the Jazz were talking to former Duke player and ex-Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder about the vacancy.

Snyder has since become a successful NBA assistant coach on several teams, most recently with the Atlanta Hawks where he helped lead them to the playoffs. But Snyder’s past isn't all roses and title talk with Coach K.

When Snyder was the head coach at Missouri from 1999 to 2006, for example, he won plenty of games--but then his team was hit with minor NCAA violations. The reason he's under consideration may have to do with his next stop, the San Antonio Spurs.

That was where he first met Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey. Lindsey was then the Spurs’ assistant GM and Snyder coached the Spurs D-League affiliate in Austin.

After that stop in Texas, Snyder was an assistant on three NBA teams and at CSKA Moscow under another Jazz head coaching candidate, Ettore Messina. Along with Messina and Snyder, three other names appear to be under consideration at this point in time.

Jim Boylen, the former Utah Utes head coach and current Spurs assistant, is still a candidate for the Jazz job. Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin is the fourth candidate--and it was reported by Genessy on Saturday, May 31 that the Jazz have requested to talk to Griffin further about the position--leading some to believe the team is close to making a decision.

Veteran NBA head coach Alvin Gentry is the fifth likely Jazz head coaching candidate because he recently interviewed with the team, according to Genessy.