Report: Spurs to interview Layden for vacant assistant GM spot


This offseason the San Antonio Spurs have seen Danny Ferry, Jacque Vaughn and Dennis Lindsey leave for other teams which mean the Spurs have some work to do to fill the voids.

One open spot is assistant GM spot created when Lindsey left for the Jazz but according to the Deseret News, San Antonio is set to interview Utah's assistant coach Scott Layden for the position.

Jazz assistant coach Scott Layden has accepted an invitation by Spurs management to interview for the organization's assistant general manager vacancy, according to a source.

The meeting till take place tonight with general manager R.C. Buford and head coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, the source said. Spurs ownership will not be in attendance.

And if you might be thinking what exactly can Layden bring to the table for the Spurs, his track record is quite impressive.

In his first extended stint with the Jazz, the younger Layden was credited for helping the franchise discover overlooked mid-first-round Hall-of-Fame gems John Stockton and Karl Malone.

Layden was promoted to be the Jazz's director of player personnel in 1988 after a six-year run as an assistant coach. He became director of basketball operations in 1992 and vice president of basketball operations in 1996.

In 1995, Layden finished second behind the Lakers' Jerry West for The Sporting News' NBA Executive of the Year award after the Jazz's 60-22 season.

Layden also selected Russian teen Andrei Kirilenko in the '99 draft before leaving for New York.

Sure seems like the Spurs and Jazz are swapping front office personal but nevertheless, Layden has a track record which isn't too bad. He did have some flops while in New York (Antonio McDyess and his bad knees) but with the brain trust in San Antonio, he could prove to be a major addition and prove to be a draw for would-be players looking for a new team to play for.

Though he isn't a lock for the job with the Spurs, he is a candidate, in my opinion, that could have the inside track to landing the position.

What do you think Spurs fans? Chime in!