NBA Rumors: Quin Snyder could replace Gregg Popovich in San Antonio?

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NBA Rumors: According to a recent report, there could be a scenario in which Quin Snyder replaces Gregg Popovich (when he retires) in San Antonio.

After becoming the winningest coach in NBA history over the weekend, it’s quite clear that whoever ends up replacing Gregg Popovich (when he retires) as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs will have some big shoes to fill.

There’s at least one interesting candidate that is gaining some steam.

According to Marc Stein, current Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder is a potential replacement for Popovich when he decides to step away from the coaching bench.

And the expectation is that will happen soon, perhaps even at the end of this season. If that is the case, and if Snyder is truly a candidate, it would make a possibly interesting offseason for both the Spurs and Jazz.

The Jazz as a team already has plenty on its plate. They need to make a deep playoff run in an attempt to prove that the duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert has not reached its ceiling. If the Jazz is subjected to another early playoff loss, perhaps the Jazz would be open to some big changes.

The big question regarding that revolves around what the first big change would be. Generally, in the NBA, that often falls on the head coaching. When teams underachieve, that’s one of the first moves that gets made.

However, that would be easier said than done for a team like the Jazz. Since he took over as the head coach in 2014, he’s been nothing short of impressive. He’s only had two losing seasons (the first two years he took over) and hasn’t looked back.

Though his first seven years of coaching (not counting this season), Snyder has helped the Jazz win 50-plus games three times and has qualified for the playoffs five times. He’s well on his way to another 50-plus win season this year and a sixth-straight playoff appearance.

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If there’s one knock on Snyder and the Jazz, it’s that they have failed to make the conference finals over the last five seasons despite winning three first-round series.