Nobody's saying if the Jazz matched the money that Minnesota was offering assistant coach Scott Layden, but they did match the title.
The Jazz are making Layden their director of player personnel, and he'll still be a bench assistant after turning down an offer from the expansion Timberwolves this month. Now that Jimmy Rodgers is Boston's head coach, Layden will be the only NBA assistant coach who also handles player personnel."It's good for me certainly to have both (responsibilities)," said Layden, who returned this week from scouting the pre-Olympic tournament in The Netherlands. "Down the line, I'll still have the opportunity to go either way. One of the big things in the decision was the responsibility - this will be a chance to grow professionally, and that was certainly attractive."
Layden, who joined the Jazz as a scout in 1981 at age 23, was already in charge of drafting players and filling the roster for rookie-free agent camps. He'll now work with president-general manager David Checketts in making trades and roster moves.
"It's always been a team effort; I don't think that's going to change," said Layden. "Everybody works well together, and it's a small, close unit."
The group of Checketts, Coach Frank Layden, assistant coach Jerry Sloan and Scott Layden has stayed in place for four seasons. Scott Layden received a five-year contract in 1985 when he turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Lakers. The contract was extended this month as part of the new job description.
Layden is credited with the scouting and drafting of high Jazz choices such as Thurl Bailey, Karl Malone and John Stockton, but best known for finding lower-round selections such as Bobby Hansen, Mark Eaton and Bart Kofoed.