The Utah Jazz has officially hired Justin Zanik to be the new assistant general manager. The former player agent, who at one point was the vice president of ASM Sports, will be a great addition to the organization due to his knowledge of the business side of basketball.
“Justin possesses an extensive amount of international experience, an intimate knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement and a noted ability to work with players, agents and NBA management,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a team statement, according to UtahJazz.com. “He is a high-character individual with a strong work ethic and will be a tremendous addition to the Jazz basketball operations staff. I am very happy to welcome Justin, his wife, Gina, and their children to the Jazz family.”
Zanik is considered to be an expert on the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. The fact that he has experience representing players gives him a unique knowledge of how contract negotiations are done from the side of the player, and how preparation for free agency works. This will give the Jazz an edge when looking to entice players to come to Utah.
While working for ASM Sports, Zanik had a hand in everything, which means he could very well be the most experienced assistant general manager in the league. His experience working with European basketball players when he was the vice president of basketball operations for Priority Sports & Entertainment will also give the Jazz an advantage overseas.
There is no question Zanik will do wonders for Utah in the ensuing years, as he will make the organization better in several areas.