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The Washington Wizards have offered their top basketball position to current Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, according to The Athletic.
Connelly, 41, was reportedly offered a four-year contract.
He traveled to DC to visit team owner Ted Leonsis early Friday, as reported by Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. It supposedly would take an offer of $4 million a year to lure Connelly from the Nuggets, Buckner reported.
Connelly began his career as a scout with the Wizards. He has been with the Nuggets since 2013 and built them into a contender this season. The Nuggets finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference, but lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Some feared Connelly would be lured away by the open Pelicans job, but was never interest on his part on that front. DC is the only job that could pry him from what he’s built in Denver, and it has everything to do w/family. Have met few people more proud of where they are from.
— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) May 17, 2019
“Connelly’s 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.”
Along with Connelly, the Wizards have an interest in former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, and current Oklahoma City Thunder VP of basketball operations Troy Weaver.