Utah Jazz to name Danny Ainge an alternate governor and CEO of basketball

Former Celtics player and executive Danny Ainge acknowledged the TD Garden crowd before Boston's home opener in October. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Former Celtics player and executive Danny Ainge acknowledged the TD Garden crowd before Boston’s home opener in October. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Utah Jazz will name former Boston Celtics player and longtime president of basketball operations Danny Ainge the franchise’s new CEO of basketball and an alternate governor, Yahoo Sports confirmed.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the hiring.

Ainge, 62, will oversee the front office in Utah, where Justin Zanik will remain general manager of the third-place Jazz. Zanik assumed the leadership position in Utah’s basketball operations when longtime executive Dennis Lindsey transitioned into an advisory role in June, weeks after Ainge stepped down from the Celtics. 

Alternate governors in NBA parlance are minority shareholders in an organization.

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