Utah Jazz extend contract of coach Quin Snyder

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Friday, May 6, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazzhave extended the contract of coach Quin Snyder. The team announced a "long-term" extension Friday morning, but did not release other details of the deal.

The 2016-17 season would have been the third year of the initial three-year deal Snyder signed when he was hired. The team has gone 78-86 in two years under Snyder and narrowly missed the playoffs this season.

"We are declaring our confidence in Coach Snyder's ability to continue to develop the Utah Jazz into a championship team," Jazz owner said Gail Miller said in a statement. "The Miller family recognizes the significant progress made under his leadership and we are excited about the direction we are headed."

Snyder is considered one of the young, bright minds in the game, and he is thought to have a knack for developing players. The Jazz allowed just 95.4 points per game the last two seasons, the second-fewest in the league despite a roster that was ravaged by injuries.

"I am very grateful for this gesture by the Miller family and the Utah Jazz and appreciative of their belief in me to continue to lead this team," Snyder said in a statement. "Amy and I are fortunate to be a part of a franchise and family that cares deeply for our community, stays true to its values and is committed to winning. More than anything, it is confirmation of our collective commitment to building a championship team."

Snyder kept the team in contention for a playoff spot without having starting point guard Dante Exum for the entire season and with Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Alec Burks all missing long stretches.

"We have continued to take significant steps as a team under Quin's direction," general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "His work ethic, basketball intelligence and ability to connect with and develop our players make him the ideal head coach of the Jazz."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.