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Report: Utah Jazz receive permission to interview Adrian Griffin

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Could Adrian Griffin be the next Jazz coach? (USATSI)
Could Adrian Griffin be the next Jazz coach? (USATSI)

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The Utah Jazz are looking for a new coach after parting ways with Tyrone Corbin following three-plus seasons. They requested permission from the Chicago Bulls to interview Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin about the open coaching position, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, that permission has been granted.

Griffin is one of "several candidates" for the coaching job, but will definitely be interviewed by Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and others in the organization about where to take this group of young players next. From Yahoo:

The Utah Jazz have received permission to interview Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin for their head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Utah plans to reach out to several candidates in the next few days. Griffin's defensive background with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is important to Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, who wants to improve one of the NBA's worst defenses.

The former NBA role player has been an assistant coach with the Bulls since September 2010. Shortly after being released in 2008 by the Milwaukee Bucks, his last stop in a nine-year playing career, Griffin joined the Bucks' coaching stuff under Scott Skiles before moving into a position with the Bulls' staff. Griffin played for five teams.

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