How coaching the Utah Jazz compares to other NBA openings
Published: April 24, 2014 10:53PM
Updated: April 24, 2014 04:43PM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) high-fives Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) as the Jazz take an early lead. The Utah Jazz face the Memphis Grizzlies, NBA basketball at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

There are three openings for coaches in the NBA, so there is some competition to draw the best option available.

The Utah Jazz, who decided Monday against bringing back Tyrone Corbin, are one of the three teams. Their competition comes from the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Each of the three franchises has positives it can stress when trying to land the right person.

In an attempt to lay out some of the differences between the franchises, here are four areas that likely will be important to landing the right coach.

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Who you got?

What are the pieces in place? Who can you build around? Do you want to go young and try to build a winner from the ground up? Or do you want some experienced veterans who you can mold into a winning team? These are questions to ponder when trying to answer the question. Here are how the three stack up.

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Who you getting?

What’s available to a team in the draft? There are vast differences here. If you want to start young, the Knicks probably aren’t the team for you. Here’s how the 2014 draft looks for each team.

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What’s it cost?

If you’re going to build a winner with different pieces, you have to be able to afford them. So what’s the salary cap situation look like? The website spotrac.com does a fantastic job of laying out the cap considerations for everyone. The chart below shows the guaranteed contracts for next season, including players with an opt-out clause?

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What to do?

Finally, coaching isn’t the only thing one will be doing in the city. So what else does the city offer? What kind of things can someone do away from the arena to stay occupied?

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