During the past two years, Jones, the nephew of Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan and his late wife, Bobbye, has worked as a full-time assistant on Tyrone Corbin's staff and as the player development director.
Jones joined Utah's organization after coaching the Austin Toros in the D-League for two years, including the 2012 championship season. He had a working relationship in Texas with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, who was the Spurs' assistant general manager at the time.
The 47-year-old Jones was the Utah Flash's head coach from 2007-10. He's also spent time in the Jazz organization as a regional scout from 2001-07. Jones coached his alma mater, Lambuth University, in Jackson, Tenn., from 1995-2001.
Jones joins a short list consisting of Quin Snyder, who is thought to be the frontrunner, plus Alvin Gentry and Adrian Griffin. Snyder is an assistant with the Hawks, Gentry with the Clippers and Griffin with the Bulls. Gentry and Griffin are also believed to be in the mix for the vacant Cavaliers job.
San Antonio assistant Jim Boylen was in the running, but is no longer being considered, according to the Deseret News. The Jazz have not indicated what their timetable is for hiring a head coach, but it appears that they are getting closer to a decision.