It looks like it’s possible but there are things that could keep the possible move from happening. The biggest thing? Messina has one year left on his current coaching contract. After translating from Italian, here’s what Sportando said:
While waiting for the Draft, the Jazz coach himself would be about to put his staff to work. According to The Athletic, Alex Jensen and Irv Roland would be out.
And inbound? According to Sportando, Ettore Messina would also be on the list. The class of 1988 from Richmond and the Italian coach worked together under Gregg Popovich at the Spurs, and this interest confirms the esteem of many colleagues for Messina across the ocean.
At the same time, the former national team coach still has one year on his contract with Olimpia Milano, he has earned the club’s trust for some time, and is working on two fronts, to win the club’s thirtieth scudetto and to lay the foundations for the redemption season in the EuroLeague.
As mentioned by Sportando, Messina and Hardy have a history together and it makes sense that they could gel quickly with styles of coaching and philosophy. It’s not sure how likely this is, but it’s something to watch and could be the next big addition to this team that could help the Jazz take things to another level next season. Considering that Alexa Jensen and Irv Roland are out it makes even more sense the Jazz would be looking for more additions.
Whether it happens or not the Jazz will surely be looking to bolster their coaching staff and we’ll likely be hearing more names soon.