Report: Danny Ainge ‘in play' for Jazz front office role


Could Danny Ainge's next role come with the Utah Jazz?

Jazz executive Dennis Lindsey is transitioning to an advisor position, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Utah general manager Justin Zanik will run the day-to-day operations of the front office. 

Where does Ainge factor in? Here's what The Athletic's Tony Jones reported Sunday night:

The Jazz have been very competitive in recent seasons, including an active five-year playoff appearance streak, but they have not reached the Western Conference Finals since 2007. This year's Jazz playoff run ended in disappointment with a Game 6 loss in the second round to a Los Angeles Clippers team playing without superstar forward Kawhi Leonard due to injury.

Utah has some major roster decisions coming up, including the future of veteran point guard Mike Conley, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ainge's experience and roster-building acumen would be valuable for the Jazz as they try to take the next step from playoff contender to legit title contender.

Ainge left the Boston Celtics earlier this month after spending nearly two decades as the team's president of basketball operations. He helped build Boston's NBA Finals-winning team in 2008 and laid a foundation for future success with the recent draft picks of All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Ainge spent four years at one of Utah's most notable schools, BYU. He played college basketball there and remains one of the best players in the program's history.

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