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NBA Rumors: Spurs' Dennis Lindsey Is Front-Runner to Fill Utah's GM Vacancy

Photo via Associated Press.
Photo via Associated Press.
Manav KhandelwalAnalyst IIAugust 6, 2012

With reports that Kevin O'Connor is set to vacate his post as GM of the Utah Jazz, a natural question of who will replace him comes to the forefront.

It seems that the team is wasting no time in finding O'Connor's heir, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Spurs executive Dennis Lindsey met with Utah officials today about GM job and is the strong leader to be hired, league sources tell Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBAAug. 6, 2012

Lindsey was part of the San Antonio front office that has kept this aging team viable the last few seasons, which includes three division titles. After five years as assistant GM for the Spurs, Lindsey has been looking for a new job since the end of the regular season. He's been targeted by several teams, including the Jazz and the Orlando Magic.

The Jazz would be a nice position for Lindsey since he did a good job of adding role players to a nice core during his stint in San Antonio. With forwards Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter ready to take the league by storm, Lindsey's biggest worries will be adding an athletic swingman, a capable point guard and an above-average scorer.

If he does take the job, one big issue Lindsey will have to deal with next season will be whether to re-sign star forwards Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, who recently turned down a three-year max contract. Lindsey has displayed an aversion to letting veteran forwards go,—Tim Duncan, for example—so it will be interesting to see how he mixes and matches at the 4 and 5.

Lindsey has shown that he can do those things through the draft, selecting Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal in back-to-back years, which will make him a perfect fit for Utah—a team that hasn't switched GMs since Bill Clinton was in office.

 

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