SALT LAKE CITY — After a third consecutive playoff appearance, the Utah Jazz have decided to rework its front office as they enter one of the most important offseasons in team history.
On Friday, the team announced that general manager Dennis Lindsey has been promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations while assistant general manager Justin Zanik will now take over as general manager.
“I am honored for the opportunity to work in this uniquely collaborative environment with the coaching staff, players, front office and business operations,” Zanik said. “A camaraderie exists across the organization that makes this franchise special.
“My family and I are grateful to the Miller family, Dennis, Quin (Snyder) and Steve for their confidence and trust, and I look forward to helping us bring the Jazz the success our fans so deserve,” he added.
Zanik has served as Utah’s assistant general manager for a total of five seasons and was named a finalist for the Philadelphia 76ers GM job in 2018 while Lindsey previously served in his role for the past seven years as general manager.
In 2018, Lindsey finished runner-up in the NBA Executive of the Year voting.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to break the news and describes Lindsey’s new role as a “broader, strategic and leadership role” while Zanik will run the day-to-day basketball operations.
“The Jazz are a tremendous organization and I am thankful to the Miller family for leading an organization that I aspire to work with for years to come,” Lindsey said. “Our entire basketball operations and coaching staff are a terrific group who are all focused on the same goal. Justin is extremely talented and an even better person. We have enjoyed working closely together and I look forward to continuing our partnership.”
Zanik’s resume also includes time as a certified agent from 2003-13 as well as four years as vice president of basketball operations for Priority Sports & Entertainment from 1998-2002. In 1998, he graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics. He also served as assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17.
Jazz president Steve Starks and owner Gail Miller announced the moves ahead of the NBA draft set for Thursday, June 20, and free agency beginning on July 1.
These moves could certainly shake things up.
“We are excited for these promotions as they further enable Dennis to provide executive leadership and overall strategic vision for Jazz basketball operations and give Justin the opportunity for greater impact on our organization,” Starks said. “As one of the brightest young executives in the league, Justin will be responsible for the day-to-day operations. Their leadership allows us to work collectively toward our championship goals.”
“Dennis has put together a team and staff that we are very proud of and who represent our values,” Miller said. “We believe in the importance of continuity and have been fortunate to have Dennis, Justin and their families in our organization.”