Nuggets extend team president Connelly’s deal

Tim Connelly's contract has been extended by the Nuggets.

The Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement with president of basketball operations Tim Connelly on a contract extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Connelly, the architect of Denver’s impressive rebuild, has been speaking with team president Josh Kroenke in recent weeks about the possibility of reaching an agreement on the extension, according to the report.

Denver entered the All-Star break at 39-18, second in the Western Conference, two games behind two-time defending NBA champion Golden State.

The Nuggets’ young talent has been put together by Connelly, Kroenke and general manager Arturas Karnisovas, including the drafting and development of All-Star big man Nikola Jokic and backcourt standouts Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Malik Beasley.

Connelly, who had worked in player personnel with the Washington Wizards, joined the Nuggets in 2013 as general manager, leaving the New Orleans Pelicans, for whom he had served as assistant general manager.

Denver promoted him to vice president of basketball operations in 2017, promoting Karnisovas to assistant GM at the same time.