Utah Jazz granted permission to interview assistants of Knicks Bucks and Celtics as part of a head-coach search

The Utah Jazz ESPN sources said that they have been granted permission to interview several assistant coaches during their search for Quin Snyder's replacement.

The following items are included in the list: New York Knicks associate head coach Johnnie Bryant, Milwaukee Bucks Assistant coach Charles Lee Boston Celtics Sources said Joe Mazzulla and Will Hardy were assistant coaches.

Utah will also interview Alex Jensen, Jazz assistant coach and former Jazz player. Portland Trail Blazers Sources said that Terry Stotts is the head coach.

Ryan Smith, Jazz governor, and Danny Ainge CEO stated Monday that they would conduct a thorough search. The list could be expanded.

Smith said, “We're taking our time.”

Ainge stated that he didn't feel the need to hire a coach prior to the NBA draft and the beginning of free agency.

“We have to make the right choice,” Ainge said. He joined the Jazz in the middle of the season, just months after resigning after 18 years as the Celtics' basketball operations manager. “Big shoes to fill.”

Stotts visited the Jazz in late-season as an invited guest. Snyder, who held a record of 372-264 during eight seasons in Utah, had Stotts leave this week following a decline to extend his contract for the second consecutive offseason. Stotts also served as a head coach for the Jazz. Atlanta Hawks Bucks has a record of 517-486 in his career.

Bryant, 36 years old, developed a strong friendship with Utah's All Star guard Donovan Mitchell Bryant was an assistant coach for Snyder during Bryant's tenure. Bryant played at Utah before joining the Jazz's staff for six seasons. He then moved to New York two years later.

Jensen, 46 years old, was a former player at the University of Utah and has been on the Jazz staff since 2013. The previous two seasons, Jensen was the head coach for the Canton Charge in the D League. He was awarded Coach of Year honors in 2012-13. Sources say Jensen will be the Jazz's primary coach during the offseason. He is also expected to coach Utah's summer league teams.

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