Nuggets’ Connelly said to be top candidate for Wizards GM job

Tim Connelly started as a Wizards scout but has been with the Nuggets since 2013.

Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly appears to be the frontrunner for the Washington Wizards’ general manager vacancy, according to veteran NBA reporter Chris Sheridan.

Connelly started his career with the Wizards in 2000 as a scout and was eventually promoted  to director of player personnel. He then took a position of assistant GM with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2010, before joining the Nuggets in 2013.

“Word on the street is that Tim Connelly of the Nuggets is going to get the GM job with the Wizards,” Sheridan reported.

Connelly’s four brothers, Pat, Joe, Dan, and Kevin, also work as scouts or managers in the NBA or college basketball.

The Wizards fired Ernie Grunfeld as top basketball decision-maker 16 seasons earlier this week.

Current Wizards VP of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard has taken over for Grunfeld on an interim basis. The Wizards said in a news release that Sheppard will also be a candidate for the position on a full-time basis.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards’ opening is coveted around the NBA.

“Wizards ownership has been active in pursuing search firms to help with process for a new GM,” Wojnarowski reported. “The Wizards are an attractive job for potential candidates, largely because of resources and geography.”

He later added, “The biggest concern for potential candidates with Washington: How to engage on a rebuild with John Wall’s massive long-term contract and serious injury looming over franchise.”