Wizards make Nuggets president Tim Connelly a four-year offer

Chris Lingebach
May 17, 2019 - 6:26 pm
Wizards make Nuggets president Tim Connelly a four-year offer

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The Washington Wizards have offered Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly their top front office job, according to The Athletic, after a meeting with Connelly at their practice facility Friday.

The job the Wizards are offering is presumably for the role of team president, ceded by Ernie Grunfeld, who was fired on April 2 after 16 years on the job.

Chris Mannix of SI reports the Wizards made Connelly a four-year offer, one year shy of what he was seeking, although it is believed to be in his desired pay range.

"Although Washington's is the only job that would tempt him to leave Denver — a fact known by team president Josh Kroenke — a person close to Connelly speculated he would not leave for a deal lower than $4 million annually for five years," Candace Buckner reported before the meeting Friday morning.

The Nuggets, eliminated from the second round of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday, granted the Wizards permission to speak with Connelly this week.

UPDATE (6:45 p.m.)

As Buckner reports, the Wizards are indeed offering Connelly the title of president of basketball operations.

Connelly, a Baltimore native, got his start in the NBA with the Wizards, first hired as a basketball operations intern in 1996 before taking a full-time job as an assistant video coordinator with the team. From there, Connelly became a scout and was eventually promoted to director of player personnel. He departed for a front office job with the New Orleans Hornets in 2010.

He was named executive VP of basketball operations for the Nuggets in June 2013 and was promoted to president of basketball ops. in June 2017.

In the six seasons since he took over, the Nuggets have risen from cellar dwellers to the top of the heap in the Northwest division, winning it with 54 wins in 2018-19. The Nuggets, in their first playoff appearance in six years, eliminated the Spurs in seven games in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. They were knocked out by the Blazers in the second round.

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