With Quinn Snyder as coach, the Jazz have been in contention and fielded a professional and respectable outfit through and through.
Even with Danny Ainge on board as sort of the new main voice of basketball operations, there is no sense that Snyder’s job with the Jazz is in any sort of danger.
But as Marc Stein of The Stein Line wrote, Snyder’s name has been popping up as a possible successor for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whenever it is that Popovich retires. It seems like it won’t be much longer. If not at the end of this season, then probably the next.
Popovich could always move into the front office when he steps down as coach. You can almost be sure he will at least serve in an advisory role. To the modern NBA fan, Popovich is the face of the Spurs.
As for Snyder, again, it’s all speculation. He is beloved in Utah and you may not want to be the guy who tries to replace Popovoich in San Antonio. Maybe the guy who replaces the guy. But Snyder has ties to the organization, as he coached Austin of the G League, the Spus’ affiliate.
After that, he held several assistant jobs before being named coach of the Jazz in 2014. So Austin/San Antonio is actually where his NBA coaching career began.
Anyway, as far as we know, neither Popovich nor Snyder are going anywhere for the time being, though you never can tell what an offseason holds in any sport. After all, star quarterback Tom Brady just retired and unretired in the span of two months.
In the NBA, the whispers are Snyder would be a natural replacement for Popovich. That part of it is true. Whether it happens is something that we’ll have to just wait and see.