Michigan basketball's Juwan Howard reportedly 'not interested' in discussing NBA jobs

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Michigan coach Juwan Howard directs his team during the first half of an Elite Eight game vs. UCLA in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Indianapolis.
Michigan coach Juwan Howard directs his team during the first half of an Elite Eight game vs. UCLA in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Indianapolis.

At least one NBA team was interested in Juwan Howard.

But that interest doesn't appear to be reciprocated.

Michigan basketball's head coach has turned down discussions about any NBA head coaching jobs, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"Sources: Michigan's Juwan Howard continues to tell NBA teams he's not interested in even a discussion on leaving Ann Arbor," Wojnarowski tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

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The report comes six days after Wojnarowski included Howard among a list of candidates to be considered by the Portland Trail Blazers for their head coach opening.

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Howard, 48, is coming off his second season as Michigan's head coach after being hired in 2019 following John Beilein's departure for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season, Howard led the Wolverines to a 23-5 record, a Big Ten title, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and the Elite Eight. Howard was named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year and the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year, among other awards. He is a combined 42-17 as head coach.

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Of course, Howard also has significant NBA experience. He was a player for 19 seasons and an assistant coach for six seasons with the Miami Heat.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan basketball's Juwan Howard not interested in NBA jobs: Report