The assumption in coaching circles is that Stockton, who was fiercely private as a player and has remained so in retirement, would balk at the media demands on coaches as much as anything about the job. But Stockton also is seen in some corners as a coaching natural after spending 19 seasons, all with the Jazz, as a peerless coach on the floor who ranks No. 1 in league history with 15,806 career assists.
Utah's eventual hire will be Lindsey's first chance to install his own hand-picked choice after taking over for Kevin O'Connor as the lead Jazz decision-maker.
After narrowly missing the playoffs in 2012-13, Utah consented to bring Corbin back for the final year of his contract. But Utah's focus in 2013-14 was clearly on rebuilding after the free-agent departures of forwards Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, who had big seasons with Charlotte and Atlanta, respectively.
This coaching hire is a big one for the Jazz after the Phoenix Suns hired away an ideal candidate last offseason in Jeff Hornacek. In his debut season as a head coach, Hornacek wound up leading the surprising Suns to a 48-34 mark and finished second in NBA coach of the year voting.
Utah, New York, Golden State, Cleveland, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers are the teams with coaching openings at present after the Detroit Pistons struck a deal Tuesday night to hire Stan Van Gundy as their new coach and president of basketball operations.