People close to the Denver Nuggets organization have a collective belief about Tim Connelly’s departure to the Mile High City.
Nuggets reporter Harrison Wind has detailed that these members of the franchise have one thing in mind in discussing Connelly picking up the offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday: “This was a deal he couldn’t refuse.”
Indeed, Connelly is set to enjoy a lucrative five-year, $40 million contract to take the open President of Basketball Operations job of Minnesota. More than that, Shams Charania of The Athletic provided that there’s even a kicker for ownership equity on the said deal.
This proposal has been widely believed as a rare case amongst what NBA executives are receiving around the league.
Connelly served as the Denver’s chief of basketball operations department since 2013. He molded the club as a force to reckon with around the league — constructing the main core of two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, explosive guard Jamal Murray, scoring talent Michael Porter Jr, and defensive specialist Aaron Gordon. Under his leadership, the Nuggets went on to four Conference Semis, including a trip to the West Finals, within four seasons.
Certainly so, Minnesota is hoping that Connelly can bring that magic touch on their up and coming squad. Boasting the promising Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell, the Wolves are pumped up for their future upon snatching a remarkable figure for their front office.
Ending their 2021-2022 campaign with high hopes after entering the postseason arena for the second time since 2018, both Connelly and Minnesota have their primary goal set for themselves — an NBA title. Upon handing a bountiful offer to one of the best minds in the business, the club can only look forward to positive possibilities for years to come.