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Last Updated May 6, 2016 10:50AM

When the Jazz hired Quin Snyder two years ago, I suggested he "just might be the perfect coach for this team at this time." The theme of that forecast became fairly accurate, even if Snyder has proven to be imperfect. …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 1, 2016. Utah Jazz defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 98-85. Utah Jazz: Quin Snyder agrees to ‘long-term’ extension
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Former University of Utah forward Jordan Loveridge speaks with the media following a workout for the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Utah Jazz: Utes’ Jordan Loveridge works out for the Jazz
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    Updated May 04 2016 06:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) during the Jazz versus Spurs NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert looking to rebound from ‘tough’ year
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