After ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Juwan Howard’s name is “gaining traction” in NBA front offices, Howard quickly released a statement to quell any rumors.
“There was a report of my name as a potential candidate for NBA coaching opportunities,” Howard said. “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!”
Howard was hired by Michigan last summer from the Miami Heat, but he also interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs in the NBA during last year’s offseason. He earned $2 million in his first year as head coach which slotted him 58th nationally according to USA Today’s Coaching Salary Database.
Michigan went 19-12 (10-10 Big Ten) in his first year as head coach and landed a top-15 recruiting class that included his son, Jace.