After nine seasons with the Utah Jazz and 25 years in the NBA, Dennis Lindsay decided yesterday to step down as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. He will move on to the role of a Utah Jazz consultant.
Justin Zanic, who was named general manager in 2019, will continue in his role overseeing the day-to-day management of Jazz Basketball’s operations.
“In recent years, I’ve had conversations with the Miller family and then with Ryan Smith when he joined us about moving into a consulting position,” Lindsay said. “This is the time to make the transition with the organization on such a solid foundation. I am proud of the progress we have made in raising our competitive edge at the Western Conference. We have built a sustainable infrastructure around the team from improved performance analytics and upgraded training facilities to the local presence of the Salt Lake City League Saifi and Salt Lake City Stars. I very much appreciate the individuals I have worked with and the players who have been part of jazz during my tenure. I look forward to making contributions to jazz in a different way, while enjoying more time with my wife Becky and our four children.”
Lindsey came to Utah in 2012 after spending five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and 11 seasons with the Houston Rockets. At Utah, Lindsey rounded up the teams that reached the Western Conference semi-finals in 2017 and 2021, including drafting Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, adding jazz stars Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles, and appointing head coach Quinn Snyder. This season’s team had three NBA stars, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. Lindsey finished second in the NBA Executive of the Year award as jazz set the best league record in the NBA.
“Dennis Lindsay has had an amazing impact on the organization, and we are grateful for his dedication to serving the Utah Jazz,” said Ryan Smith, owner of the Utah Jazz. “We look forward to his contributions as a jazz consultant and to the continued leadership of Justin Zanek as General Manager. As an organisation, we are committed to continuing our pursuit of excellence and will work tirelessly to achieve sustainable success and win championships.”
Zanik originally joined jazz as assistant general manager in 2013 and held that role for five seasons. He also served as Assistant General Manager at the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-2017 before returning to Utah.