HoopsHype Kevin O'Connor rumors

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The following is a statement from Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby: Media reports of Kevin O’Connor’s departure are inaccurate and he is not stepping down. He is fully engaged in Jazz preparations for draft season. The working relationship between Kevin and Dennis Lindsey is unchanged as both individuals provide valuable expertise, knowledge and perspective toward building a championship-caliber team. Kevin will be a member of the Jazz family for a long time. No further comment is needed. NBA.com

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.” KUTV

November 1, 2012 Updates

Do you think the league will be active with trade-deadline options? Kevin O'Connor: "I think it will be. And I think the reason it will be is because people will be concerned going into next year … with the extra luxury tax, the punitive tax, the repeaters luxury tax. I think some teams are going to be cognizant of that. Hopefully, we put ourselves in a pretty good position. We had planned on this from four years ago. Now I'm not smart enough to write all the numbers down, but (Jazz CFO) Bob Hyde did. He planned it and looked at it and said, 'Here's what we should look like.' We thought it'd be two years before the implementation before the tax would come in and we guessed right, and hopefully we can be the beneficiaries of making some moves." Deseret News

August 8, 2012 Updates

Lindsey was formally introduced Tuesday during a news conference at the team practice facility. Jazz CEO Greg Miller and president Randy Rigby praised the addition, touting Lindsey’s low-conflict, high-character personal nature. Jazz owner Gail Miller laughed and cried discussing O’Connor’s unyielding devotion to Utah’s lone major professional sports franchise. "I have absolutely no worry that Kevin and I can put a great group together and have great chemistry," said the 43-year-old Lindsey, who spent five seasons in San Antonio as the Spurs’ vice president/assistant GM and was splicing video for Houston in 1997 when John Stockton drilled a Game 6 buzzer-beater that sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals. Salt Lake Tribune

O’Connor had long considered removing himself from the NBA’s daily grind, but held off making the move during a lockout-compressed 2011-12 season that left little time for big-picture planning. Now, Lindsey assumes a position that first appeared within his grasp when he served as the Rockets’ vice president of basketball operations and player personnel. Current Houston GM Daryl Morey assumed that title in 2007, though, and Lindsey spent the past five years adding to his resume in San Antonio. Salt Lake Tribune

Lindsey was a media hit Tuesday. Confident and calm, respectful of the Jazz’s legacy but promising a strong push into the future, Utah’s new GM will immediately be tasked with turning a 2011-12 team that exceeded regular-season expectations into more than just a first-round playoff failure. With as many as eight expiring contracts in hand, young standouts such as Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward still developing, and a talented but tradeable veteran core highlighted by Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, Lindsey’s first GM job initially looks an NBA executive’s dream. Salt Lake Tribune

August 7, 2012 Updates
August 6, 2012 Updates

Kevin O’Connor plans to relinquish his role as longtime general manager of the Jazz and is leading a search for a new GM, a high-ranking team source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday. O’Connor’s expected to still lead Utah’s basketball operations, though, and retain key aspects of the "executive vice president" portion of his job title. Salt Lake Tribune

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