Juwan Howard not 'exploring, seeking or listening' to potential NBA coaching opportunities

Juwan Howard reportedly coming up as possible NBA coaching candidate
Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 17:23:56-04

Michigan Head Coach Juwan Howard is a name that is reportedly coming up as a possible NBA coaching candidate.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, citing sources, said Howard's name is "gaining traction" within NBA front offices.

Howard, who has coached one season with the Wolverines, was an assistant for the Miami Heat from 2013-2019. He also reportedly interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers before taking the Michigan job.

During his first season as Michigan coach, he went 19-12 and was 10-10 in the Big Ten.

In a statement, Howard said he wasn't interested.

"There was a report of my name as a potential candidate for NBA coaching opportunities. While I am flattered, and know it will more than likely happen again, I am not exploring, seeking or listening. I am the head coach at the University of Michigan! I am blessed to be working at the greatest university in the world. I am blessed to be guiding a group of wonderful young men. We have goals, dreams & championships to win! This is where my focus is. GO BLUE!"