Jerry Sloan has been a tactful presence around the Utah Jazz's draft process, and he plans to continue providing subtle insight for the organization without – for now – a formal consultant role, a league source told RealGM.
Sloan, 71, maintains close relationships with Jazz management, making his return to the franchise this summer an easy transition even without an official position as consultant to this point.
After a successful 23-year run as head coach of the Jazz ended in February of 2011, Sloan headlined the list of available coaches, with an illustrious career that separated him as a candidate teams simply had to meet to gauge his desire to lead them. Several head coach vacancies had intrigued Sloan this offseason, but he wasn’t able to find a suitable situation.
Sloan told the Deseret News earlier this month that he and the Jazz have discussed a role within the organization. “If they want me around, fine,” Sloan said. “If they don’t, [fine]. They’d talked to me a little bit about it a little bit earlier.”