Will Hardy and Jazz lose their assistant head coach to the Suns

The Utah Jazz are facing another change in their coaching staff ahead of next season.

According to Jazz insider Sarah Todd of the Deseret News, assistant coach Chad Forcier will take his talents to the Phoenix Suns to assist new HC Mike Budenholzer, who is leaving after one season in Salt Lake City. It is the second coaching loss Utah has suffered this summer; the other was Lamar Skeeter's move to the Charlotte Hornets.

Before joining Utah, Forcier spent four years as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and Coach Budenholzer, winning a championship in the 2021 season. As a result of Budenholzer's firing in 2023, the door practically opened for a new opportunity for the former Jazz assistant.

Now, after a season in SLC, the two could work together again.

As for what's next for Hardy and the Jazz, no drastic adjustments are expected. Utah reportedly plans to seek out new assistants from within rather than bringing in new candidates from outside. Most of the other voices from the sidelines are still intact, so hopefully this team can quickly recover from its losses and be on its way to an improved 2024-25 season.

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