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Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Layden left Jazz in 1999 to lead Knicks

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Scott Layden may be returning to Utah, a Salt Lake City newspaper said.

Layden has been out of the NBA since being fired as president of the Knicks 18 months ago.

The Salt Lake Tribune, without citing its sources, said Wednesday that it has learned that Layden is the leading candidate for an assistant coaching job with the Jazz.

Layden is out of the country on a family vacation and could not be reached for comment. Coach Jerry Sloan and Kevin O'Connor, who succeeded Layden as the Jazz's vice president of basketball operations, declined comment.

Layden and Sloan spent six seasons together as Jazz assistant coaches under Scott's father, head coach Frank Layden, and Scott Layden stayed on the bench when Sloan took over as head coach in 1988.

Scott Layden, 46, spent 18 years with the Jazz as an administrative assistant, scout, assistant coach, director of player personnel and vice president of basketball operations.

He left Utah in 1999 to become president and general manager of the New York Knicks.