Tensions With Quin Snyder Led To Jazz Exec Dennis Lindsey Departure

A disconnect between Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder played a role in Lindsey’s decision to step down as the Jazz’s executive vice president of basketball operations, according to Andy Larsen and Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune.Quin Snyder

Lindsey will now serve in an advisory role to team owner Ryan Smith, with general manager Justin Zanik taking over the role of overseeing day-to-day basketball operations.

Larsen and Walden went on to report that Lindsey moving out of the front office was more ownership’s decision and less that of Lindsey. Replacing Lindsey with Zanik and not renewing the contract of director of player personnel David Fredman was also Smith’s call, per Larsen and Walden.

But the tension between Lindsey and Snyder became sort of a breaking point.

“Lindsey, hired by the Jazz in 2012, selected Snyder to be his team’s head coach in the summer of 2014 after a disappointing season from predecessor Ty Corbin,” Larsen and Walden reported. “But in the years that ensued, Snyder and Lindsey’s relationship deteriorated, creating distrust between the pair that impacted day-to-day Jazz operations.”

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

In a statement released by the team, Smith, Lindsey and Snyder each offered positive words about Lindsey’s departure as the team’s top executive.

“I greatly appreciate that Dennis believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be the head coach of the Utah Jazz,” Snyder said. “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.”

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