The Nets are suddenly on the lookout for a new head coach after firing Steve Nash on Tuesday, and already, there are some names linked to the position.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nets are expected to inquire about suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka and former Jazz coach Quin Snyder, among others. (Both Udoka and Wojnarowski are represented by CAA agency.)
For now, Nash assistant Jacque Vaughn will serve as interim coach, as first relayed by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Udoka, 45, led the Celtics to a Finals appearance last season, his first as NBA head coach, but he was suspended for what the team referred to as an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. He is out for the year.
Multiple reports have suggested that Udoka will not return as Celtics coach, and others have said he may be forced out of coaching in the NBA entirely.
“He’s done,” one agent told Ethan Strauss of Substack.
Strauss went on to write that this is indeed how many around the league feel is in the cards for Udoka.
“While nobody can completely predict the future, it is a widespread interpretation of present events,” Strauss wrote, mentioning that the woman involved is married.
Meanwhile, Wojnarowski reported that the Celtics would grant an interview if the Nets wanted to speak with Udoka.
Snyder, 56, stepped down after eight years as Jazz coach after last season.
Utah went 372-264 record in his eight years, including a 49-33 record this past season. The Jazz finished 52-20 in 2010-21 for the NBA’s best mark, but failed to advance beyond the second round in the Western Conference playoffs.
Multiple sources have told Hoops Wire that Snyder is not looking to return to coaching this season.
Nash, 48, a former back-to-back NBA MVP as a point guard with the Suns, compiled a 94-67 record overall in two-plus seasons with the Nets, his first job as an NBA head coach.
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