SALT LAKE CITY — The first candidate to be interviewed for the Utah Jazz’s head coaching vacancy won’t be John Stockton, Jim Boylen, Ettore Messina or any of the other names most often tossed into the rumor mill.
It will be, rather, Adrian Griffin.
The Deseret News received confirmation of a Yahoo Sports report Wednesday that Chicago has granted the Jazz permission to interview Griffin. The 39-year-old has been Tom Thibodeau’s assistant with the Bulls since 2010 after spending two seasons on the Milwaukee Bucks’ staff under Scott Skiles.
Griffin, who interviewed for the Philadelphia Sixers and Detroit Pistons jobs last offseason, played for five different teams during a nine-season NBA career that spanned from 1999 in Boston to 2008 in Seattle. He played for Houston in 2003-04 during a time when Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was in the Rockets’ front office.
Griffin was reported to be the lead candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers' opening in the aftermath of Mike Brown's dismissal, according to USA Today.
With most NBA executives in Chicago for this week’s draft combine, the Jazz are likely to be active in both player scouting and with coach interviews.
Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder, now an assistant in Atlanta, is another candidate who continues to intrigue the Jazz, according to a source.
It was also reported Wednesday by Yahoo that the Jazz are among several teams interested in former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
LUCKY CHARM: In hopes of moving up from their current No. 4 draft spot, the Jazz will send Miller Inspiration president Bryan Miller, son of team owner Gail Miller and the late Larry H. Miller, to represent the organization at the draft lottery on May 20 (6 p.m. MT, ESPN).
Miller will be on the stage at the Disney/ABC Times Square Studios in New York when the lottery results are announced. Jazz president Randy Rigby and general manager Dennis Lindsey will also be in attendance.
Utah can finish anywhere from No. 1-7 depending on how the lottery’s pingpong balls bounce. The Jazz, who won a tiebreaker to get the fourth spot over No. 5 Boston, have a 10.4 percent chance of winning the No. 1 position and 33.69 percent odds of drafting in the top three.
Interestingly, the Jazz only have a 9.85 percent probability of remaining in the fourth position, but they have 37.39 percent odds of finishing in the No. 5 spot.
Any of the 14 teams in the lottery can move up to the 1-3 spots, and it’s possible teams like the Jazz can fall three positions if three teams leapfrog them in the lottery.