Jazz Rumors: Lindsey, Snyder, Azubuike, Wade, Ainge, Battier
Dennis lindseytransitioning from his position as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations with the Jazz in an advisory role was billed as Lindsey’s call, but it was more of a property decision, according to Andy Larsen and Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune.
As Larsen and Walden explain in a detailed story, the new owner of Jazz Ryan smith makes some changes to the front office – director of pro gamers personnel David fredman was also informed this week that his contract was not renewed.
A factor in the decision to reassign Lindsey was a ‘long-standing disconnect’ between executive and head coach Quin Snyder, according to the Tribune report. According to Larsen and Walden, Lindsey and Snyder have had many disagreements on and off the pitch, including disagreement over rotation and roster decisions. Snyder – as well as many front office members – were frustrated with the selection of Udoka Azubuike in the first round of the 2020 draft, by Larsen and Walden.
Given Utah’s success in the 2020/21 season, Lindsey and Snyder have been on better terms over the past year, but several people in the organization still believed this week’s announcement reflected a feud. being settled. “Quin won” a source told the Tribune.
Learn more about the Jazz front office reshuffle:
- While Lindsey is now a consultant at the Jazz front office, it is expected that he will seek employment with another team, according to Larsen and Walden.
- Dwyane Wade has “added his voice” to front office discussions, but does not play a day-to-day role in basketball and roster decisions, according to Larsen and Walden.
- If the former Celtics executive Danny Aingé joined the Jazz, he will probably have an advisory role, says Tony Jones of The Athletic.
- Jones, Larsen and Walden all say more front office additions are expected. Several journalists, including Jones, Brian Windhorst of ESPN, and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald suggest that Wade’s former teammate Shane Battier is a candidate to join the basketball operations department. Battier worked at the Heat front office from 2017-21, but recently left that role and is now just a consultant for Miami.