T'Wolves eyeing Nuggets' Connelly as potential president of basketball operations

Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly was deemed the most gettable, from a financial standpoint, by the T'WolvesGetty Images

T’Wolves ownership has been “looking to potentially reel in a big name” to run the basketball operations, and the organization was in talks with Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly, according to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Connelly has been with the Nuggets since ’13. T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor would "have to sign off on any move" but Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez, who are set to become controlling owners in ’23, have a “large influence over any potential hire." When Lore became part of the ownership group, he "stressed this market can potentially bring in some of the top-tier talent in the league.” Sources said that to lure a top target, the T’Wolves have to "throw around a lot of money, which could include an ownership stake." It appears “nothing was imminent” in the discussions with Connelly. Meanwhile, the T’Wolves would like Interim President of Basketball Operations Sachin Gupta to "remain with the team." Hine: "Would a new president accept such an arrangement?" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19).

MOST "GETTABLE" OPTION: In Denver, Mike Singer cited a source as saying that the T’Wolves "identified a list of four big-name GMs" -- the Thunder’s Sam Presti, Warriors’ Bob Myers, Raptors' Masai Ujiri and Connelly -- to "fill their vacancy." A source said that Connelly was "deemed the most 'gettable,' from a financial standpoint." Sources said that Connelly is "in an option year of his contract." His run with the Nuggets has been marked by "stability and success." This is "not the first time that Connelly has drawn interest" from an outside team over the last three years. The Wizards "pursued Connelly for their president of basketball operations position" in '19. But it "may be the strongest overture he’s had yet" (DENVER POST, 5/18).

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