Throughout the tumult of last season a year which to that point could be considered Tyrone Corbin’s most delicate assignment the man at the forefront of the Utah Jazz’s rebuilding effort had a piece of advice for the seven players on his team facing free agency.

"I told the guys last year ‘Play your game and be as good as you can be’ " the Jazz head coach said last week. " ‘Whether you’re here or somewhere else the best you can do is represent yourself.’ "

What then helped the former Jazz forward manage a potentially volatile locker room now serves as advice for Corbin himself. The coach entering his third full season at the helm for the Jazz is in the final year of his contract and according to the man who represents him in negotiations with the Jazz an extension is unlikely.

As training camp opens with Monday’s media day Corbin has been presented with yet another set of objectives: this time developing a promising but untested young core with unknown quantities on the bench and his general manager asking earlier this summer that the team not be judged on wins and losses.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said last week that Corbin whose career record is 87-89 has "performed really well under these circumstances" but declined to comment on anything related to his contract status. Corbin’s agent Los Angeles-based Steve Kauffman said the sides have not begun negotiating an extension.