Reports: Kevin O’Connor, Jazz GM, to be promoted and lead search for new GM
UPDATE: Wojnarowski reported later Monday that Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey met with the Jazz on Monday and is “nearing an agreement.”
ORIGINAL: The Utah Jazz will promote general manager Kevin O’Connor to a “top executive position,” where O’Connor will lead the search for a new GM, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the move.
Utah general manager Kevin O’Connor is moving into top executive position with Jazz and running search to hire a GM, sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 6, 2012
Wojnarowski broke down some of the potential replacements for O’Connor:
San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey has emerged as the leading candidate in the search and is meeting with the Jazz on Monday, league sources told Y! Sports. Cleveland Cavaliers assistant GM David Griffin had talked to Utah, but is no longer under consideration, sources said.
Oklahoma City Thunder vice president and assistant GM Troy Weaver had been the No. 1 target for the search, but has decided to stay in Oklahoma City, sources said.
The Salt Lake Tribune’s Brian T. Smith reported that the move makes “perfect sense” for O’Connor. Smith reported that O’Connor will still play a leading role in Jazz operations without the current “day-to-day grind” that comes with his GM job.
O’Connor has been the head of the Jazz’s basketball operations since 1999, during which time the Jazz have made the playoffs in nine seasons.