Utah Jazz executive returns to work after kidney transplant

General manager Justin Zanik had a kidney transplant in April.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik makes a comment during a news conference on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.

After nearly two months of recovering from a serious surgery, Utah Jazz executive Justin Zanik is back on the sidelines.

Zanik, the team’s general manager, revealed in April that he was suffering from polycystic kidney disease and needed a kidney transplant after a physical revealed he had only 14% function. On Friday, the Jazz’s X account showed video of him walking in the practice facility and wearing a face mask.

“Good to have GM Justin Zanik back at the office,” the post read.

A Jazz spokesperson said it was always Zanik’s goal to return to work after the NBA Combine, which ended last week. He spent three days in the hospital, and took a leave of absence from the team after that.

The kidney Zanik received came by way of a paired exchange program where someone living donates theirs to those in need. Zanik didn’t know who the kidney came from, and the donor didn’t know where it went.