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The exit of former Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder could pave the way for another mega exit as a Phoenix Suns star will “more likely than not” be on a new team when the new season rolls around.

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$ 285M STAR TO FOLLOW COACH OUT THE EXIT DOOR?

When it rains, it pours.

Quin Snyder’s resignation as Utah Jazz head coach sent shockwaves through the NBA world, as he left his post after eight seasons in Salt Lake City.

Snyder’s exit followed assistant coach Sergi Oliva moving to the Portland Trail Blazers to become one of three new assistant general managers.

According to Bleacher Reportthe Jazz could lose a star player in the form of Rudy Gobert.

Gobert, a three-time All-Star and a three-time defensive player of the year, has been with the Jazz since 2013, but Bleacher Report claims the Chicago Bulls have now emerged as a potential landing spot for the Frenchman.

The report claims that “any deal that lands Gobert with the Bulls would almost certainly include Nikola Vucevic,” a two-time All-Star that Chicago picked up from the Orlando Magic last year.

Gobert inked a new deal with the Jazz as recently as 2020, when he signed a five-year, $ AUD285 million deal.

Gobert could be on the move. (Photo by Alex Goodlett / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

TRADE PARTNER EMERGES AS SUNS ACE FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Despite finishing with the best record in the league during the regular season, the Phoenix Suns capitulated in the postseason.

The failure to capture any play-off hardware could now lead to the loss of one of the Suns’ star players, with The Athletic’s James Edwards and John Hollinger claiming that it is “more likely than not” that DeAndre Ayton is playing for a new team rather than returning to Phoenix.

Rumors have been flying around that the 24-year-old and the Suns brass aren’t exactly on the best terms which has pushed Ayton towards the exit door.

Hollinger noted that Phoenix isn’t “totally comfortable” with tying Ayton down on a big-money deal.

“I was skeptical until I started talking to a few more people recently,” Hollinger said.

“Now, I think it’s more likely than not that he’s in a new destination next season, especially if the Suns can work out a sign-and-trade that brings back some value.

“For whatever reason, I don’t think Phoenix is ​​totally comfortable going forward with him on a big-money deal, and I think Ayton might be okay with going somewhere else if he can have a bigger offensive role.”

Edwards believed there’s one potential trade partner who firms as the early favorite to land Ayton.

“As previously mentioned, I do believe that the Pistons will do their due diligence on Ayton and, if the price is right, be in the running to land his services,” Edwards said.

“I don’t get the sense that they’ll break the bank for him, though.”

DeAndre Ayton will likely be playing for a different team from next season and beyond. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

ALL SIGNS POINT IN ONE DIRECTION FOR KYRIE

Despite a report that the Nets are “outright unwilling” to re-sign Kyrie Irving long term – and speculation about him being traded – all indications strongly point toward a reunion between Brooklyn and its All-Star point guard.

Irving has until June 29 to decide whether he will opt out of the final $ 50 million year of his contract for 2022-23 and become a free agent. But both Nets and league sources told The Post an extension is more likely.

“It’d be unfair for me to comment on how it looks with us and Kyrie, because to be quite frank he has some decisions to make on his own. So he has to look at what he’s going to do with his player option, ”Nets GM Sean Marks said last month. “We’re looking for guys that want to come in here and be part of something bigger than themselves, play selfless, play team basketball, and be available.”

Irving has played just half the possible games since arriving on a max deal in 2019, missing 123 of 226 regular-season tilts. That’s led to reports and speculation about the Nets either refusing to sign him long term or dealing him, with The Athletic disputing a rumored deal to the Lakers for Russell Westbrook.

But Irving is still not only close friends with Kevin Durant, but maintains a good relationship with team owners Joe and Clara Wu Tsai. The Post reported last month that a return to Brooklyn appeared a fait accompli, and sentiment around the league is Irving will re-sign.

The Nets are set to re-sign Kyrie Irving. (Photo by Elsa / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

NEW LAKERS COACH MAKES BLUNT WESTBROOK ADMISSION

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Devin Ham was crystal clear in his stance on Russell Westbrook’s future with the team.

When asked if the struggling star would return for another season in the famous shirt next season, Ham replied: “Absolutely.”

Whispers had begun doing the rounds about Westbrook leaving the Lakers after just one season in which he battled hard to find any form.

However, Ham believes the point guard is still one of the best players in the league and had a vital role to play in the future.

“Russ is one of the best players our league has ever seen and still has a ton left in that tank,” Ham said.

“I don’t know why people tend to try and write him off. I’m going to approach him like I do every player I’ve ever encountered.

“We’re going to talk about our running habits with the ball, without the ball. And, again, the team, the rhythm of the team and trying to establish a rhythm with LeBron, Russ and AD and, again, shard the load defensively and offensively. “

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