The Utah Jazz announced Monday that coach Tyrone Corbin will not return as coach next season following the expiration of his contract. From the Jazz:
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has elected not to offer head coach Tyrone Corbin a new contract. As a result, a search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
“I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.”
Corbin compiled a 112-146 (.434) record with the Jazz in four seasons, guiding the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012. The Jazz finished the 2013-14 season with a 25-57 (.305) record.
“The decision to make impactful changes in our organization is never taken lightly,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Ty has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community. He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season. We wish Ty, Dante and their family nothing but the very best for their future.”
Corbin became the seventh head coach in Jazz history and only the fourth since the franchise's relocation to Utah in 1979, when he was elevated to head coach on February 10, 2011 following the resignation of Jerry Sloan. Prior to his promotion, Corbin served as an assistant coach for the Jazz under Sloan from 2004-2011. He also played for nine teams during a 16-year NBA career (1985-2001), including three seasons with the Jazz from 1991-94.
“Ty represented himself and the Utah Jazz organization with great class and dignity, and he and his family have been an important part of our team and community for many years,” said Jazz President Randy Rigby. “I want to thank them for their numerous contributions to this franchise and wish them well in the future. They will always remain a part of the Jazz family.”
This doesn't come as a shock. Corbin had limited success with the team after Jerry Sloan stepped down, guiding them to the playoffs in 2012 but Utah was swept by the Spurs. With a new core being built around Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward (presumably), Derrick Favors, and whoever they land in this year's stacked draft class, if the Jazz were going to make a change, now's the time.
Yahoo Sports reports Spurs assistant Jim Boylen could be a candidate for the job.
One likely candidate for Jazz coaching job, sources tell Yahoo: Spurs assistant Jim Boylen. He has a strong history with GM Dennis Lindsey.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
Lindsay was an assistant GM with the Spurs for several years. The job will likely be attractive to many, considering the young talent, upside, stable ownership, cap room, draft picks, and family environment. Utah has been loathe to make changes so it provides stability.
Expect Corbin to wind up as an assistant somewhere next season.