Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller, President Randy Rigby refute report that Kevin O'Connor is out
Though occasionally criticized for transactions such as Andrei Kirilenko's $86 million deal and drafting Raul Lopez instead of Tony Parker, O'Connor has been praised for trading up to draft Williams in 2005 and for bringing overlooked talents like Paul Millsap, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams into the league.
In 2011, O'Connor pulled the trigger on a shocking deal, sending Deron Williams to the Nets in exchange for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round picks (Enes Kanter and this year's No. 21) and $3 million.
The organization has missed out on the playoffs in two of the three postseasons since that move, but Lindsey has lauded the daring deal for giving the Jazz an enormous amount of "flexibility" for building a championship contender in the future.
Since its string of 20 straight playoff appearances, mostly during the Stockton & Malone days, the Jazz have failed to make the postseason in five of the past 10 years.
Last summer, Jazz owner Gail Miller voiced her support of O'Connor at Lindsey's introductory press conference.
"We're very grateful that you're staying on, that you'll continue to be a part of the Utah Jazz," a teary-eyed Miller said. "We need you. We appreciate you. You can mentor a lot of people that will look to you for the wisdom that you have."
O'Connor did not appear on his weekly radio spot Monday night with Jazz-owned radio station, 1280 The Zone.
Jazz executives — management and ownership — have been meeting in recent days for their annual end-of-season interviews.
The Jazz have a monumental offseason ahead of them.
Only five of the Jazz's 15 players on their season-ending roster — Favors, Kanter, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Jeremy Evans — have guaranteed contracts for the 2013-14 season.
It's likely Marvin Williams will exercise his player option to return for one more year, and Utah has a team option on rookie Kevin Murphy.
But the Jazz will have to bring in or re-sign at least a half-dozen players this offseason.
Utah has three picks in the June 27 NBA Draft, including the No. 14 spot (barring a miraculous lottery win), the No. 21 (via the Warriors from the Nets) and the 46th selection.
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