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Hawks' assistant Snyder may get Utah job

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff did one of the better coaching jobs in the NBA this season. The ripple effect of that might be him losing one of his assistant coaches.

Quin Snyder, a long-time pro assistant and a former head coach at Missouri and in the NBA's D-League, has emerged as a leading candidate for the head coaching job of the Utah Jazz.

When asked about Snyder's candidacy Tuesday, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry responded via email, "They asked for permission to talk with him and he is a part of Utah's continued process to fill the job there."

Snyder reportedly has received a second interview and is on Utah's short list, along with Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry and others, according to the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.

Snyder worked with Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey when Lindsey was an assistant in San Antonio and Snyder coached the Spurs' D-League team, the Austin Toros (2007-10). That "Spurs blueprint," which Ferry and Budenholzer brought to the Hawks from San Antonio, might aid Snyder in his candidacy.

Since coaching in the D-League, Snyder has worked in the personnel department for the Philadelphia 76ers (2010-11) and has been an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers (2011-12), CSKA Moscow in the Russian League (2012-13) and the Hawks (2013-14). He was a Duke assistant under Mike Krzyzewski before getting the Missouri job in 1999, where he went 128-96 in seven seasons with four NCAA tournament berths (none in the last three years) before resigning.

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