While the Utah Jazz aren’t always brought up when discussing the NBA’s Western Conference powerhouses, they’ve become a playoff fixture in recent seasons thanks in no small part to fifth-year head coach Quin Snyder.
Snyder and the Jazz have advanced to three consecutive postseasons and look to have perhaps their most dangerous team yet ahead of the 2019 campaign. Before the season starts however, Snyder has been handsomely rewarded for his recent success with the Jazz. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Jazz have gave Snyder a long-term contract extension, locking up his future in Utah.
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has agreed to a long-term contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
Snyder had two years left on his deal, and a new contract extends multiple years beyond that term, sources said.
After upgrading the team’s talent base over the summer, locking Snyder into an extension had been a top organizational priority.
Still only 52-years-old, Quinn Snyder is relatively young but already has experience coaching on big stages, such as 2017 and 2018 when Utah reached back-to-back Western Conference Semifinals. After being bounced in the first round last season and a busy summer, expectations are higher than ever for 2019.
The Jazz got even better this offseason with the two notable acquisitions of Mike Conley and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Of course, Rudy Gobert is set to anchor the middle again while guard Donovan Mitchell should continue his ascension. Mitchell’s performance dipping slightly last season was a huge reason they couldn’t get over the first-round hump.
Now Mitchell has better role players around him than he’s ever had and Quin Snyder appears locked in at the helm for the foreseeable future. With so many eyes on the Lakers and Clippers, expect the Jazz to quietly enjoy another solid regular season and maybe even do some damage in the playoffs.