When Deron Williams was in Utah with the Utah Jazz, he and then-coach Jerry Sloan clashed repeatedly — so forcefully and consistently that some reports indicated it led to Sloan’s retirement from basketball after 23 seasons.
After the Nets let P.J. Carlesimo go, Williams told reporters that despite those past issues he’d “love” to play for Jerry Sloan again, making him a de facto candidate for the Brooklyn Nets job. Sloan himself said that he’d listen if the Nets called him.
But now it looks like if Sloan returns to basketball, it might be with the team that he made his legend with. Sloan has been contacted by the Utah Jazz about a return to basketball in an unspecified capacity, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News. Sloan attended many of the team’s home games this season as well as the Jazz pre-draft workout, according to the report.
“That’s up to (them). That’s a situation that’s strictly up to Ty or somebody in the Jazz organization,” Sloan told the Deseret News. “If they want me around, fine. If they don’t, (fine). They’d talked to me a little bit about it a little bit earlier.”
It sounds like if the 71-year-old Sloan returns to basketball, it likely won’t be in a coaching capacity, and it’ll be with Utah.