Connelly turns down Wizards, will remain with Nuggets

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

Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly is turning down the Washington Wizards and remaining with the Nuggets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis reportedly offered Connelly the franchise’s head of basketball operations vacancy. Connelly’s NBA career started as a scout with the Wizards. He has been with the Nuggets since 2013 and built the franchise into a contender. The Nuggets finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference and advanced to the West semifinals in the playoffs.

“Connelly had been impressed with Leonsis’ vision for franchise, but Denver’s Josh Kroenke made an aggressive case to keep Connelly once Wizards extended an offer over weekend,” Wojnarowski reported.

The Wizards have also interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and Oklahoma City Thunder VP of basketball operations Troy Weaver. Ferry’s father, Bob, was the team’s GM when it won its lone title in 1978.

Tommy Sheppard has been overseeing the Wizards from a personnel standpoint on an interim basis. He is also said to be a candidate for the position.