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Utah Jazz: Spurs hire Scott Layden as assistant GM

Published September 22, 2012 1:46 pm

NBA • He replaces Dennis Lindsey, who left San Antonio to become new Jazz general manager.
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Scott Layden, who spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, is leaving.

According to Yahoo! Sports, which cited unnamed league sources, Layden has been hired as the new assistant general manager of the San Antonio Spurs. He interviewed for the position last week.

The Spurs have not confirmed Layden's hiring. Telephone calls to Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor, head coach Tyrone Corbin and Layden were not returned Saturday night.

Dennis Lindsey, Utah's new general manager, declined comment.

Oddly, Layden will be replacing Lindsey in San Antonio's front office.

On Aug. 7, O'Connor announced he was giving up his duties as general manager. Lindsey was hired as his successor.

Less than a month later, Layden has decided to leave Utah after spending 25 years with the franchise.

He started as an administrative assistant and scout in 1981. He was named an assistant coach in 1984 and became the director of player personnel in 1989.

Layden was named the vice president of basketball operations three years later and, after the 1994-95 season, he was honored as the NBA's Executive of the Year when the Jazz won 60 games.

Layden left Utah to become president and general manager of the New York Knicks in 1999.

He was fired on Dec. 22, 2003 and eventually returned to the Jazz as an assistant for then-head coach Jerry Sloan, who resigned midway through the 2010-11 season.

Corbin replaced Sloan.

With Layden's departure, Corbin has only two assistant coaches on his staff — Sidney Lowe and Jeff Hornacek.

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