The Utah Jazz and Quin Snyder have come to an agreement on a long term contract extension that will keep Quin Snyder in the Utah Jazz organization for at least four more years reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com and Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune. Quin Snyder originally had two years left on his contract prior to the extension that would have kept the snarling Jazz head coach in Utah until the end of the 2020-2021 season.
ESPN Sources: Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has agreed to a long-term contract extension. Story: https://t.co/gZJnmLKK19— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2019
Since arriving in Utah, Quin Snyder has developed a culture of player development and improvement. He has led the Jazz to a 227-183 record which is impressive considering his first season started the year after Utah had one of its worst seasons in franchise history. He helped develop Rudy Gobert into a defensive player of the year winner. He coached Gordon Hayward into an All-Star. He helped Derrick Favors in his transition from power forward to center and through injuries. One of his assistants was even hired as a head coach in Phoenix, Igor Kokoskov. He is credited with polishing diamond in the rough prospects like Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale.
Quin Snyder will soon pass Frank Layden as the Jazz’s second longest tenured coach in franchise history. Ahead of him will only stand Jerry Sloan who coached the Jazz for 23 straight seasons. Like Coach Sloan, Quin Snyder has never won a Coach of the Year award which—if you ask this committee of one—puts Quin Snyder in good company.
The takeaway from all of this is Utah believes they have their franchise coach for the present and future. Just as John Stockton and Karl Malone were tied to Jerry Sloan—and Josh Howard and Marvin Williams were tied to Ty Corbin—Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will be tied to Quin Snyder for the past, present, and for the forseeable future.
Utah Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey (can we work on a more succinct title than that one, please Utah?) has spoken many times how when he was in San Antonio they emulated what the Jazz did during the 90s. Whether it was keeping a consistent core with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili or making the coach a staple in the organization with Greg Popovich. Since arriving on the scene in Utah, Lindsey has emulated San Antonio which means that Utah just got back to basics. They found their coach in Quin Snyder and their core in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Now they’re committed being patient and let time get results.
Quin now doesn’t need to worry about contract negotiations during Utah’s most pivotal championship contending years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The focus can be on the court and not in the agent’s office. This is also a great thing for Utah in the highly anticipated 2021 offseason where quite a few pivotal players will be hitting free agency. Just as players like Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Green, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Ed Davis chose to come to Utah because of Quin Snyder’s ability to get the most out of his players, these signings could just be the tip of the iceberg to what Utah is capable of achieving with Quin Snyder in tow that free agency period.
Jazz fans are once again spoiled with having a consistent presence at head coach. And not just a consistent presence, but a damn good coach as well.