ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski broke the information that Danny Ainge has returned to the NBA, this time as an alternate governor and CEO of Jazz basketball operations after his reportedly longtime pal Utah Jazz proprietor Ryan Smith employed him Wednesday afternoon. Ainge first rose to fame in Salt Lake Metropolis the place he was an All-American guard at BYU.
The Utah Jazz are hiring Danny Ainge as alternate governor and CEO, sources inform ESPN. Ainge will oversee basketball and Justin Zanik will stay GM.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2021
Smith employed Ainge after he stepped down because the Celtics’ president of basketball operations after final season. Ainge was the Celtics’ high basketball government and helped construct the primary Huge 3 of the fashionable NBA when he acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to workforce up with Paul Pierce. These additions helped the Celtics win a title in 2008 and led to him successful Govt of the Yr the identical yr.
As CEO, he might be answerable for basketball operations for the Jazz and might be working intently with Utah normal supervisor Justin Zanik.
“We’ve large aspirations for Smith Leisure Group and the Utah Jazz. Danny is likely one of the finest basketball minds on the planet, and he’s additionally enthusiastic about this state and our neighborhood,” Smith stated in a press release. “We imagine in including the very best expertise to all aspects of our group and are fortunate to have Danny’s acumen and expertise.”
Ainge was reportedly a candidate for an government place with Trail Blazers just lately. Ainge replaces Dennis Lindsey, who helped construct the Jazz right into a championship contender after drafting Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell, who’ve morphed into All-Stars. Final summer time, Lindsey moved right into a marketing consultant function after serving as government vp of basketball operations for 9 seasons.
“Hardly ever do you get a chance to come back right into a franchise that’s this near being a particular workforce. It’s a really distinctive alternative.” Ainge advised Tim McMahon of ESPN.