Dennis Lindsey Cites ‘Appropriate Time’ To Change Roles With Jazz

Jazz executive Dennis Lindsey is stepping down as vice president of basketball operations and will serve as an adviser to team owner Ryan Smith, as relayed by Sarah Todd of the Deseret News.Dennis Lindsey

Day-to-day basketball operations duties will now be overseen by general manager Justin Zanik.

“Dennis Lindsey has had an incredible impact on the organization, and we are grateful for his dedication to the Utah Jazz,” Smith said in a statement. “We look forward to his contributions as an adviser to the Jazz and to Justin Zanik’s ongoing leadership as general manager.”

Lindsey had been thinking of taking an advisory role for some time.

“This is an appropriate time to make the transition with the organization on such solid footing,” Lindsey said in a statement. “I am proud of the progress we have made in raising our level of competitiveness in the Western Conference. … I look forward to making contributions to the Jazz in a different way, while enjoying more time with my wife Becky and our four children.”

The Jazz finished with the NBA’s best regular-season record but fell to the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs.

“I greatly appreciate that Dennis believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be the head coach of the Utah Jazz,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said in a statement. “He was extremely committed to my success, our players’ success and he built a roster that continually put us in position to grow and to contend. I am and will remain grateful for the time spent working with him.”

Lindsey has served in the Jazz’s front office since 2012.

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