Wizards ramping up pursuit of Nuggets’ Connelly for GM role

Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly was reportedly offered the same position with the Wizards.

Now that the Washington Wizards know where they’re selecting in the draft, they are ramping up their pursuit of Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, according to Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington.

The Wizards have been seeking a general manager/president-type since parting ways with Ernie Grunfeld last month. With the June 20 draft rapidly approaching, the Wizards will need someone to direct their front office.

Connelly is clearly accomplished, constructing a Nuggets team that finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference. They lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in seven games in the West semifinals.

“Connelly is considered a strong if not leading candidate for the Wizards’ opening,” Standig reported. “However, Connelly wasn’t expected to fully explore a move until the Nuggets’ playoff run ended.”

The Wizards are also said to have an interest in former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry and Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver.

For the time being, front-office man Tommy Sheppard is overseeing the Wizards’ offseason maneuvering on an interim basis. The Wizards own the No. 9 overall draft pick.