Dennis Lindsey promoted, Justin Zanik named new Jazz general manager


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – There has been a shakeup in the Utah Jazz front office.

Dennis Lindsey has been promoted from general manager to executive vice president of basketball operations, while Justin Zanik has been promoted from assistant general manager to general manager.

Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager since 2012 when he took over for Kevin O’Connor, 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,” said Jazz team president Steve Starks. “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,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz. “We believe in the importance of continuity and have been fortunate to have Dennis, Justin and their families in our organization.”

Having missed the playoffs in Lindsey’s first four years as GM, the Jazz made the Jazz have made the postseason three straight seasons, including a first round exit to the Houston Rockets last month.

The Jazz made 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 Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert as well as the hiring of accomplished coach Quin Snyder.

“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, 44, has spent five seasons as an assistant general manager with the Jazz, buffered by a year-plus departure to the Milwaukee Bucks 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. He also spent 10 years as a player agent.

“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.”

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