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Stunner: Danny Ainge could be headed to the Utah Jazz

Former longtime Boston Celtics executive Danny Ainge is reportedly a candidate to join the Utah Jazz, who are in the midst of a shakeup to their front office after a disappointing playoff exit.

Dennis Lindsey was moved into an advisory role Sunday after two years as the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations.

Danny Ainge is in play to join the front office, The Athletic reported Monday, though not to lead it. It’s expected that general manager Justin Zanik would succeed Lindsey and continue to oversee the day-to-day operations, per the report.

Ainge, 62, left the Celtics earlier this month after 18 seasons, announcing his retirement.

Danny Ainge history and how he might help the Utah Jazz

danny ainge to the utah jazz?
Nov 30, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; President of basketball of operations Danny Ainge sits court side with writer Jackie McMullin prior to a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

During the Danny Ainge tenure, the Celtics made 15 playoff appearances, seven Eastern Conference finals and two NBA Finals and won the championship in 2008, the franchise’s 17th and first in 22 years. As a player with the Celtics, Ainge won NBA titles in 1984 and ’86.

Ainge remains a big name in the state of Utah after being one of the top players in BYU basketball history. He scored 2,467 career points for the Cougars and won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top player during his senior season of 1980-81.

The Jazz earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference but lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals.

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