Jazz rework front office, promote Zanik to GM

In moves that reshape the front office of one of the Western Conference's perennial playoff franchises, the Utah Jazz have promoted general manager Dennis Lindsey to executive vice president of basketball operations and assistant GM Justin Zanik to GM, the team announced Friday.

Lindsey, the Jazz's general manager since 2012, will take on a broader, strategic and leadership role, and Zanik will become responsible for the day-to-day duties of running basketball operations.

"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," Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement. "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."

The Jazz made the playoffs for a third straight season this spring, after making trips to the Western Conference semifinals in 2017 and 2018.

Lindsey, the 2018 Executive of the Year runner-up, oversaw draft-day trades that resulted in the selections of Jazz cornerstones Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. He also oversaw the hiring of accomplished coach Quin Snyder.

Zanik, 44, has established himself as one of the league's top young executives since moving to the team side from a decade-long career as a player agent.

He has spent five seasons as an assistant general manager with the Jazz, buffered by a year-plus departure to Milwaukee in 2016 where he served as an assistant GM and interim GM.

Zanik was a finalist for the Philadelphia 76ers' GM job that went to Elton Brand last year.