Juwan Howard is a hot name on the NBA coaching circuit. The former Heat assistant turned Michigan coach is expected to spark interest in various coaching positions during the 2021 NBA offseason.
However, he will not interview for any NBA team.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Howard is “not interested” in coming to the NBA. He would prefer to stay with the Wolverines in Ann Arbor at this time.
Sources: Michigan’s Juwan Howard continues to tell NBA teams he’s not even interested in a discussion about Ann Arbor leaving. The teams are also calling for information on the work of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway. He will be receiving interview offers for vacancies in this NBA job cycle.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2021
This decision makes sense to Howard. He was very successful in Michigan, posting a combined 42-17 record in two seasons and guiding the Wolverines to the Elite Eight in his first NCAA tournament as a coach. He was named Coach of the Year by Sporting News as a result of his sustained efforts during the 2020-21 college basketball season.
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Howard could potentially make the jump to the NBA, but it looks like he’s comfortable continuing in college play. He has job security in Michigan given his performance and is only in the third season of a five-year contract worth more than $ 11 million.
Howard’s son, Jace, is an aspiring sophomore for the Wolverines, and another son, Jett, who is a four-star guard in the class of 2022 that is expected to travel to Michigan, which is two reasons. extra for him to want to stay at Ann. Arbor. Howard may be more likely to return to the NBA when his sons finish playing in Michigan.