The Jazz are still considering adding a player development coach, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
Utah coach Tyrone Corbin is currently backed by assistants Sidney Lowe, Scott Layden and Jeff Hornacek.
Corbin has often said he's open to adding a big-man coach that could aid the development of second-year forward Derrick Favors. Meanwhile, rookie Enes Kanter would especially benefit from an experienced coach who could push him during practices, building up his game and strengthening his confidence.
The timing of the hire initially hinged upon the NBA lockout ending. Now that the work stoppage is close to being over and training camp could start Dec. 9 for a compressed 66-game season, the Jazz are still interested in adding a fifth coach.
However, the official schedule has not been released, and Utah wants to first examine the four-month regular-season calendar — specifically the amount of available practice and off days versus back-to-backs — before moving on the hire. Ideal candidates will also have to be on the market and available to take the job on short notice.
Brian T. Smith