Justin Zanik Rumors
The deal includes a 30% escalator clause that would turn the guaranteed $163 million base into $195 million should Mitchell be voted onto one of the three All-NBA teams, sources said. Talks moved quickly on the maximum extension, with Sullivan and Brown finalizing terms on Sunday morning with Jazz president Dennis Lindsey and general manager Justin Zanik, sources said.
Eric Walden: Utah Jazz GM Justin Zanik described the process of the team getting into the Orlando bubble: “The weirdest thing was getting on a pane again after 4 months.” Charter flight was met by 2 Disney buses, they were given a police escort to the campus.
Eric Walden: Asked about the controversies the Jazz have had this season, Zanik noted, “There was a lot of stuff about the Jazz when there wasn’t much basketball to write about.” Said he hopes that the experiences help foster more openness within the organization.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz GM Justin Zanik on lessons learned from this year’s controversy: “What it has for us going forward is a chance for our players, coaches and management to think about what’s transpired over this past yr. Looking forward and enjoying being back together.”
There are candidates on Karnisovas’ list beyond the previously reported names of Matt Lloyd (Magic), Mark Hughes (Clippers) and Marc Eversley (76ers.) In fact, in another sign this is a new era in Bulls basketball, sources said Karnisovas hasn’t ruled out interviewing select player agents. Jerry Reinsdorf historically frowned upon dealing with agents, a stance changed when Michael Reinsdorf interviewed Jazz general manager Justin Zanik, who started as an agent, for the executive vice president of basketball operations role. This is one of Karnisovas’ most critical hires, and there is speculation around the league that he has preferred candidates. You don’t spend time hoping to lead a franchise one day without formulating ideas about how to execute a leadership plan.
The Bulls hope to have the first part of the hiring process finalized sooner than later, sources said, particularly since the new hire will be granted authority to build out the front office’s infrastructure. Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik interviewed for the position on Monday.