Jerry Sloan to Resign as Utah Jazz Coach? [UPDATE: It Did Involve Deron Williams]

Jerry Sloan, who has coached the Utah Jazz since 1988, is expected to resign later today at a press conference according to the Desert News. Last night, Sloan and Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor apparently had a heated closed-doors conversation.

Remember this doom-and-gloom post last month about the Jazz? Someone just floored the accelerator. Utah’s headed off the cliff like Thelma & Louise. Wonder how many NBA GMs are calling the Jazz about Deron Williams right now?

[UPDATE: There is some speculation – with nothing concrete to back it up – that the Jazz may have forced Sloan out in an effort to keep Williams (in the summer of 2012, he has a player option). Williams could be next year’s version of Carmelo Anthony. This speculation seems crazy – Sloan is regarded as one of the best coaches in the league and has been the Jazz coach for 23 years – but if you’ve seen a link about it, I’d love to read more.]

[UPDATE II: Woj checks in with the details: “Sloan’s relationship with point guard Deron Williams had grown progressively worse over the course of the season, league sources said, and the coach had tired of dealing with the team’s best player. The frustration escalated on Wednesday night when Sloan and Williams clashed in the locker room at halftime.”]

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