ESPN report: Quin Snyder’s future remains in question

SALT LAKE CITY — With the NBA season winding down and the offseason swiftly approaching, rumors have begun to surface surrounding the Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and what his future with the team might look like. For now, it appears that a future with the team remains unclear and potentially in question, according to multiple sources.

On Tuesday, ESPN reported that despite weeks of conversations between Snyder and team ownership, Quin’s future still remains “unclear.” The key factor here appears to be that Snyder is dragging his feet rather than the organization. Since the end of the season, Jazz management have been quoted as saying that they’d like to see Snyder return, and have even offered to extend his remaining two-year deal. However, the message doesn’t seem to be resonating with the eight-year coach as it’s almost been six weeks and nothing has been accomplished.

“Quin Snyder is one of the best coaches in the NBA,” Jazz general manager Justin Zanik said during his exit interview. “There is no other partner I would rather have as a coach and as a leader of our players and as a partner in our front office than Quin Snyder.”

In eight seasons with the organization, Snyder has accumulated an overall record of 372-264 and currently holds the longest Western Conference active postseason streak at six years. Additionally, Synder is also tied with the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr as the third-longest tenured coach, trailing only San Antonio’s Greg Popovich and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra. However, the difference between Snyder and those other coaches is that each of their teams have won their Conference and reached the NBA finals, while Snyder has yet to surpass the second round.

Despite the postseason woes, it appears that Utah still believes in and fully trusts Synder. So what’s the problem? While there are certainly several possibilities of what could really be going on, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen broke down what he believes the issue might be.

Whether the decision has already been made and one side wants to put their own spin on it, or someone is simply trying to apply pressure, one thing is for sure. The Utah Jazz organization has some severe issues that need to be addressed or they could spell disaster for a team that has appeared to be so close to a title for so many years. Whether it’s the inability to come to a conclusion with Quin, a power struggle between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell or a poorly constructed roster with bloated contracts, Utah has got to figure things out this summer before they find themselves in the midst of a rebuild without a decent head coach.

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