Utah Jazz will bring back Adrian Griffin for second interview

Utah Jazz will bring back Adrian Griffin for second interview
May 31, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Interest in Adrian Griffin continues to increase around the league for various head coaching openings, and the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting the Utah Jazz will bring the current Bulls assistant back for a second interview sometime next week.

Griffin interviewed with the Jazz two weeks ago after the organization received permission from the Bulls to do so and has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the open position. The Tribune also confirmed that Atlanta Hawks assistant Quin Snyder has also been called back for a second interview. Early in Utah's search it was reported that the team would cast a wide net on potential replacements for Tyrone Corbin, whose contract was not renewed by general manager Dennis Lindsey. That list of potential candidates included Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton and former Bulls assistant Jim Boylen.

Utah struggled to a 25-57 record this past season in the wake of losing both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to free agency. They do, however, have a solid young core in Derrick Favors, Trey Burke and Enes Kanter, and Gordon Hayward will be a restricted free agent this summer but the Jazz will have the cap space to retain him if they choose to match any offer from another team. The Jazz hold the No. 5 pick in June's draft.

Griffin also has interviewed with the Cavaliers, owners of the first overall pick in next month's NBA Draft. He was Cleveland's first interview in its effort to replace Mike Brown, while the Associated Press reported Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue and former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins are both expected to interview for the position, too.

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The 39-year-old Griffin has been linked to the New York Knicks' coaching vacancy, as well.

Griffin, 39, played nine seasons in the NBA from 1999 to 2008. After he was released by the Bucks in 2008 he was hired by head coach Scott Skiles as an assistant. He coached in Milwaukee for two seasons before taking on an assistant role with Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls.

Last year Griffin interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers' head coach opening, and another Bulls assistant, Ed Pinckney, interviewed with the Memphis Grizzlies a year ago. CSN's Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam wrote last month that both Pinckney and Griffin could land head coaching gigs in the near future, and it seems as though Griffin's may be closer to sooner rather than later.

Griffin has coached the Bulls' Summer League teams in Las Vegas in years' past.