Utah Jazz announce staff hires, sign two players to contracts
The Utah Jazz on Wednesday formally announced two hires that have been in the works for nearly two months, as well as the promotion of a staff member to a new role.
Justin Zanik and David Morway have been hired as assistant general managers, while Steven Schwartz has been promoted from a basketball operations assistant role to director of basketball operations.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Zanik’s and Morway’s impending hires on July 21.
Zanik was the Jazz’s assistant general manager for nearly three years before leaving in 2016 for the same job with the Milwaukee Bucks. It was widely thought he was the GM-in-waiting in Milwaukee, but the Bucks over the summer hired Jon Horst to the position when John Hammond was hired as the GM of the Orlando Magic.
Morway spent the 2016-2017 season with Utah as a basketball operations consultant. His most notable role in the NBA was as the Indiana Pacers’ general manager from 2008-2012.
Schwartz has been with the Jazz for two years, where he has worked as an assistant to head coach Quin Snyder and general manager Dennis Lindsey.
Utah will hold its annual media day Sept. 25 in advance of training camp. It will play its first preseason game Oct. 2 at Vivint Arena against the Sydney Kings of Australia’s NBL.
NATE WOLTERS TO OCCUPY SECOND TWO-WAY CONTRACT: NCAA Tournament followers may be familiar with the name Nate Wolters, the guard who led South Dakota State to its first Big Dance appearances in 2012 and 2013.
Now the 6-foot-4 Wolters is part of the Jazz organization. On Wednesday, the team announced that he has signed Utah’s second two-way contract for the upcoming season.
A new type of contract, two-way deals allow two players to spend up to 45 days with their NBA team, and Wolters will spend the rest of the season with the G-League’s Salt Lake City Stars.
The 38th pick of the 2013 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, Wolters has appeared in 79 games over two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans. He spent the 2016-2017 campaign with Crvena Zvezdain Serbia, and helped the club win the Serbian National Championship.
He joins Eric Griffin as players the Jazz have signed to two-way contracts.
NAZ LONG SIGNS CAMP DEAL: The Jazz on Wednesday also signed guard Naz Long to a training camp deal. The former Iowa State Cyclone averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest last season in his senior campaign.
Long worked out for the Jazz in May as part of their predraft audition process and becomes the 19th player to join Utah for training camp. Teams are allowed a maximum of 20 during camp, which starts Sept. 26.
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Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:33:00 +0000