Basketball Court: Tim Connelly, the president of the Nuggets, will become the Timberwolves’ next front office leader

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Source: Skysports

Basketball Court: Tim Connelly is leaving his position as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets to join the Minnesota Timberwolves in a similar position.

The deal has yet to be disclosed, but according to many reports, Connelly agreed to the arrangement on Monday.

With draught picks like two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray, Connelly methodically turned the Nuggets into a consistent playoff challenger.

The Athletic and ESPN were the first to report about Connelly’s plan to swap teams within the Western Conference’s Northwest Division. The contract is said to be five years long and worth more than $40 million. It also includes shares in the company.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards will lead Connelly’s Timberwolves team. The Timberwolves are coming off a 46-win campaign and their first participation in the playoffs since 2018. Before being eliminated, they took the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to six games.

When Masai Ujiri left for the Toronto Raptors in 2013, Connelly filled in for him. Despite missing Murray (knee) for the entire season and Michael Porter Jr. (back) for all but nine games, the Nuggets won 48 games this season.

Minnesota’s front office was shaken up just before training camp started last fall when Gersson Rosas was sacked due to rising tension in the building. In Rosas’ place, Sachin Gupta was appointed to president of basketball operations, with the condition that the post be reconsidered again this summer.

Within the organisation, Gupta was praised for his humble, steady leadership, particularly by coach Chris Finch. Glen Taylor is in the process of handing over control of the team to co-buyers Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez in a sale that is expected to close by the end of next year.

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