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Five candidates to become Utah Jazz coach

Published April 22, 2014 2:56 pm

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The speculation already is swirling.

Who will be the eighth coach in Jazz franchise history?

Tyrone Corbin's tenure ended Monday when the franchise told him he would not be retained for next season. That means the franchise is in the market for only its fourth coach since moving to Salt Lake City for the 1979-80 season.

Tribune reporter Tony Jones offered three "gettable" candidates and two dream candidates in the wake of the end of the Corbin era.

Before we get to dreaming, let's start with three more likely candidates to fill the opening.

Jim Boylen

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Of course the name is familiar to those in Utah. That's because he served as the University of Utah coach from 2007 to 2011, where he compiled a 69-60 record. He has been working as an assistant coach with the Spurs this season after two seasons with the Pacers. It would be his first head coaching job on the NBA level.

Lionel Hollins

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The former Memphis Grizzlies coach could get serious consideration from the Jazz. The Arizona State grad led the Grizzlies for about 4 1/2 seasons, including winning seasons in his last three campaigns there, before getting fired after the 2012-13 season. He finished with a 196-155 record in Memphis.

Mike Longabardi

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The Brooklyn, N.Y., native served as an assistant with the Suns this season after six seasons in Boston under Doc Rivers. He started his coaching career as an assistant with the Rockets. It would be his first head coaching job on the NBA level.

DREAM CANDIDATES

Both of these guys would be tremendous additions to the Jazz, but both are considered long shots at best.

Steve Kerr

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He won five NBA titles as a player then served as president of basketball operations/general manager for the Suns. The University of Arizona grad now works as an NBA analyst for TNT. CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported earlier Monday that Kerr could be the Knicks' top pick.

Jeff Van Gundy

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He seems to be at the top of many dream lists when a coaching spot opens. He last coached in the NBA during the 2006-07 season, but he still draws interest. He's posted a 430-318 record, including 44-44 in the playoffs, during his 11 seasons as an NBA coach with the Knicks and Rockets, according to basketball-reference.com.