Tuesday, June 18 2013, 11:33 AM MDT
Change in Jazz Management: O'Connor Transitioning Into Consulting Role
(KUTV) Jazz’s vice president of basketball operations, Kevin O’ Connor, has been the primary voice and architect of jazz personnel moves for 14 years, but this summer he will give all those responsibilities to General Manager Dennis Lindsey.
When Dennis Lindsey was hired last summer it was clear that he was the heir apparent, but it was assumed with someone to share the workload O’ Connor, who is in his mid-60s, might be in charge of for another 3-5 years. Instead, 2News has learned this summer he will transition into a consulting role.
Insiders say the decision is driven by Kevin’s intensity. In August of 2009, his wife, Linda, told the Salt Lake Tribune, “When Kevin is watching an away game the dog gets a little scared sometimes. She runs upstairs and hides … For Kevin, it’s pretty much basketball all the time.”
Kevin and his wife Linda sold their Utah home April 17th and sources close to them say they are preparing to relocate to the Carolina’s—where Kevin went to college and where they have been vacationing each summer.
Dennis Lindsey will now have a much larger role in the free agent decision this summer because he will be responsible going forward.
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