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Jazz making Celtics assistant Will Hardy, 34, NBA’s youngest head coach

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For the last few years, the Jazz have been disappointed in the playoffs. Their stars Donovan Mitchell as well as Rudy Gobertdon’t get along. They can keep their squad and hope that the new coach will solve their problems.

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That responsibility is rumored to fall on Celtics assistant Will Hardy.

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Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN:

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A five-year contract is unusually long for a new head coach. While it’s unclear how much of the contract is guaranteed, Utah is definitely showing faith in Hardy with this deal.

Hardy went through the Spurs and last season joined the staff of former San Antonio assistant Ima Udoki with the Celtics. Long considered a potential successor to Gregg Popovich, Hardy has shown he can work in a variety of environments helping Boston reach the NBA Finals.

However, the Jazz want to use this Spurs identity. Despite attempts to keep him as head coach, Utah had just lost Queen Snyder, another member of Popovich’s coaching tree. Given the presence of Danny Ainge at the head of the Jazz office, Hardy’s connections to the Celtics could also help.

Hardy’s first priority will be to defeat Mitchell, who is showing signs of discontent. Yuta builds a young guard around him and wants to please him.

Winning obviously helps. To do this, Hardy must come up with a defense that will better survive the playoffs (with or without Gobert). It would also be nice to keep Jazz’s sophisticated offense at a high level, although there is room for compromises that prioritize defense.

Hardy can excel in this role. Given his age and the organizational culture of Utah, perhaps for a long time.

But the Jazz doesn’t give him much leeway to learn on the job.

Utah is also cabled to hire the former head coach of the Grizzlies and Knicks to his front office.

Voinarovsky:



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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