Longtime Celtics head of basketball operations Danny Ainge is “in play” for a front office role with the Jazz, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.
The Jazz have an opening in the front office after executive VP of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey announced he’s stepping down to serve in an advisory role. General manager Justin Zanik will now oversee day-to-day basketball operations.
Jones added that Zanik’s lead role in the front office is secure and would not change should Ainge end up joining the Jazz
Ainge, 64, held his position with the Celtics since 2003 and was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2008, the last time the franchise won a championship. Henry Abbott of True Hoop first mentioned Ainge as a possibility with the Jazz back then, citing Ainge’s relationship with Jazz owner Ryan Smith.
But Ainge offered no specifics about what might be next.
“I don’t know what my future holds,” Ainge said at the time. “I don’t have any plans. My goal is to get Brad up to speed on the draft as our whole staff will be able to help in all of that and try to make this transition and put the Celtics in as good a place as we can be. I’ll think about the future somewhere in the future.”