ESPN report: Quin Snyder’s future in Utah remains unclear as negotiations continue

The coach has two years left on his deal, but his return to the Jazz bench next season is not a certainty

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder speaks to media after the end of the 2021-2022 season, Monday, May 9, 2022 in Salt Lake City.

The Los Angeles Lakers have their new head coach. There’s been no news of a retirement party for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. And, yet, Quin Snyder’s relationship with the Utah Jazz remains unclear.

On Tuesday night, ESPN reported that the Jazz have “yet to secure the coach’s return for next season” despite ongoing “good faith” attempts at a deal to keep Snyder in Utah.

Jazz officials have made it no secret they want Snyder back.

“Quin Snyder is one of the best coaches in the NBA,” general manager Justin Zanik said last month. “There is no other partner I would rather have as a coach and as a leader of our players and as a partner in our front office than Quin Snyder.”

Snyder has two years left on his contract, per ESPN, and Jazz officials have offered to extend the head coach’s deal. Talks were expected to be ongoing.

“Conversations have largely been centered on philosophical issues and how the sides can work together moving forward with a franchise trying to make the next step in Western Conference contention,” ESPN reported, citing anonymous sources.

Snyder has declined to discuss his own contract situation, or directly address rumors linking him to other franchises. Asked directly about his status for next season, Snyder earlier this month discussed his family’s love for Salt Lake, his affinity for team officials, but declined to talk specifics regarding his future.

Snyder, however, did say he would spend the summer dissecting the Jazz’s shortcomings in a first-round playoff exit in preparation for the season ahead.

“We’ve been to six straight playoffs — I’ve heard this when people try to say, ‘Hang in there, Quin. … You’ve won the third-most amount of games in the league the past five years.’ I’m not hanging my hat on that. We want to do more. We want more,” Snyder said. “… It’s a complex question, and the overarching thin red line that goes through my answer is that you’re not satisfied, no one’s satisfied.”