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Utah Jazz promotes GM to executive VP, advances assistant GM

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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, fouls Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives to the basket in the first half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Utah Jazz is promoting general manager Dennis Lindsey to executive vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager Justin Zanik to general manager, league sources told ESPN.

Lindsey has been the Jazz's general manager since 2012. He is taking "a broader, strategic and leadership role," ESPN reported.

Zanik is going to be responsible for daily operations, ESPN sources said.

In a prepared statement on NBA.com, Steve Starks, president of the Utah Jazz, said:

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. 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.

The Jazz made the playoffs for a third straight season this spring, including trips to the Western Conference semifinals in 2017 and 2018, ESPN reported.

Lindsey has served as the Utah Jazz general manager for the past seven years, assembling teams that have reached the NBA Playoffs for the last three years and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2017 and 2018. Lindsey finished as the runner-up in the voting for the 2018 NBA Executive of the Year, a press release stated.

The release also stated that Zanik is completing his fifth season as the Utah Jazz’s assistant general manager.

He began in this role in 2013, working directly for Lindsey in pro personnel. Zanik served as assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17 before returning to Utah. He originally came to the Jazz from ASM Sports, where he oversaw all aspects of career management for ASM’s basketball clients, the release said.

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