Lakers With "Serious" Interest in Current NBA Coach

The Los Angeles Lakers have "serious" interest in bringing in Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder at the helm this summer, reports NBA insider Marc Stein.

Of course, that would entail Snyder and the Jazz going their separate ways. 

Snyder's season just concluded Thursday night when the Jazz lost to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6, eliminating Utah in the opening round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. 

The 55-year-old still has one year left on his current deal with Utah. 

There is still no indication whether the two parties will end their partnership before the expiry of his contract. But with the Jazz suffering their third first-round exit in four seasons, a split could be in the works as soon as this summer. 

If that is indeed the direction Utah goes, Snyder would be a hot commodity in the coaching market and look for the Lakers to pounce on that opportunity.

Los Angeles should have a ton of competition for Snyder’s services, however. Despite the early playoff exits, he is still a highly-respected figure and a good voice to have both on the floor and in the locker room.

The Lakers fired former head coach Frank Vogel as soon as the 2021-22 regular season ended, despite leading them to the championship in 2020. As Vogel experienced, even winning a title couldn’t prevent him from getting the boot.  

The Russell Westbrook dilemma is arguably Los Angeles’ top priority this summer. But looking for a coach that will steer this shaky ship is right up the list.

If he does become available, will Snyder even be interested in dealing with all the issues the Lakers are facing?

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