Jazz coach Quin Snyder is about to depart from the place he has called home for almost a decade. According to an earlier report, Snyder is in the process of walking away from the franchise for good.
He issued the following statement after the news broke:
"I strongly feel they need a new voice to continue to evolve. That’s it. No philosophical differences, no other reason. After 8 years, I just feel it is time to move onward. I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision."
Snyder will no doubt be hired soon, and it will be interesting to see where he lands next. But what does all of this mean for the Jazz?
Clearly, there is a lack of faith internally about what the current regime can accomplish and Snyder could just be one of several dominoes to fall this summer.
"I don’t want to say something went ‘wrong’. I think that teams with All-Stars and good players, everyone comes in with the idea that ‘they have to win a championship, they have to win a championship’; and that’s one of the most unrealistic goals: for everyone to win a championship," said Wade.
"It’s not everyone’s time, at all times. This is a team that’s still trying to learn how to win together. Still trying to learn how to win in this league. It’s very hard to win in this league. It just doesn’t happen because you’re a great player, or a great young player, or having multiple players who are great. It’s nothing different than this team learning how to win."
As the coaching search begins for the Jazz, there will be a major focus on the roster as well. The Gobert/Mitchell duo looks primed for a split and GM Justin Zanik is expected to make a number of moves.
We will see soon if it will be enough to push the Jazz over the edge of title contention.