Utah Jazz assistant general manager Justin Zanik is getting another shot at one of the NBA’s 30 top jobs.
Zanik has been named one of three candidates in the Philadelphia 76ers’ general manager search, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Besides Zanik, the Sixers are also interviewing Houston’s Gersson Rojas and Golden State’s Larry Harris.
Originally a player agent, Zanik was hired in 2012 by Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey as assistant general manager. In 2016, Zanik took a position with the Milwaukee Bucks, agreeing to be promoted to the GM spot once former Bucks GM John Hammond left. But ownership factions within the Bucks led to a dramatic process, ultimately choosing Jon Horst for the role. After a year with Milwaukee, Zanik returned to Utah last summer in his original role.
The candidates will meet with the Sixers beginning next week, Wojnarowski reported.
The Sixers need a new general manager after firing Bryan Colangelo in June after an internal investigation found that he or his wife had run multiple anonymous accounts on Twitter that made comments critical of his roster and released proprietary team information. Sixers head coach Brett Brown has been acting as interim GM since.