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Philadelphia 76ers to interview Justin Zanik for General Manager

Zanik may be charged with trusting the process

Justin Zanik of the Utah Jazz

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have been granted permission to interview Justin Zanik of the Utah Jazz for their General Manager position.

In Woj’s story he states:

After several years as a player agent, Zanik joined the Jazz front office as assistant GM in 2012 before leaving for the Bucks in 2016. Zanik rejoined the Jazz’s front office in 2017.

Justin Zanik has been a strong addition for the Jazz drawing from his experience as a player agent to help in contract negotiations.

His tenure ended in Milwaukee because of a highly dysfunctional ownership situation that led to him leaving the team and rejoining the Utah Jazz.

It was only a matter of time before Zanik would draw interest from other teams because of his strong reputation. But even though it’s tough to lose a quality executive in Zanik, this is potentially a good thing for the Jazz. Having a strong relationship with GMs at other teams can only help with things like trades and player/draft intel etc.

If the Sixers do end up hiring Zanik, the real question will be how does Zanik get Ben Simmons in the running for another Rookie of the Year award?