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Zach Guthrie leaves Utah for opportunity with Dallas Mavericks

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Teams are coming after Utah’s promising young coaches

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Guthrie has accepted a position with the Dallas Mavericks and will leave the Utah Jazz coaching staff.

Guthrie was one of Utah’s bright young coaches and had a great relationship with Quin Snyder. Snyder and Guthrie have a history that goes all the way back to their days at the Austin Toros. For Snyder it must be bitter sweet to see Guthrie go but likely satisfying to see his career advance.

The Jazz have already lost some other important coaches and front office people this offseason including Walt Perrin and Johnnie Bryant.

It’s probably frustrating for the Jazz front office to lose key people like this but it’s a sign that the Jazz front office have done a good job with their coaching and management hires. With new owner Ryan Smith it will be interesting to see if the Jazz do more in the future to hold on to coaches. It may be that the Jazz have a solid coaching structure and even though it’s inconvenient to lose assistants, it may not affect the coaching system too much.

Time will tell.