Wizards interviewing Nuggets top executive Connelly

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

The Washington Wizards received permission to speak with Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and will interview him Friday, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

Connelly built the Nuggets into a Western Conference contender, and per Buckner, “Those in the know say the Wizards would have to start north of $4 million annually (for five years) to get Connelly to leave Denver.”

Along with Connelly, the Wizards are said to be considering Danny Ferry and Troy Weaver for their general manager vacancy. Ferry is the former GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, and Weaver currently serves as Oklahoma City Thunder VP of basketball operations.

Connelly will meet with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis in D.C., according to reports.

“Connelly‚Äôs roots in the area run deep,” Buckner wrote. “Originally from West Baltimore, he attended Catholic University. After graduation in 1999, the Wizards hired Connelly as an assistant video coordinator and he stayed with the franchise, moving up to player personnel and scouting roles before leaving in 2010 for the New Orleans Pelicans.”

Connelly, 41, began his career as a scout with the Wizards. He has been in the Nuggets’ front office since 2013.