The Denver Nuggets have reportedly tabbed Tim Connelly—an executive formerly with the New Orleans Pelicans—as the organization’s next general manager.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the decision was made on Monday morning:
The Denver Nuggets have hired New Orleans executive Tim Connelly be the franchise's general manager, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 17, 2013
As per Wojnarowski, his official designation within the club will be executive VP of basketball operations, assuming the title Pete D’Alessandro left vacant when he was poached by the Sacramento Kings to become their GM:
Tim Connelly, considered one of league's rising stars, will hold title of Executive VP of Basketball Operations with Denver.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 17, 2013
It’s a bold decision for a franchise that is undergoing a fair amount of internal turmoil, as—in addition to D’Alessandro’s departure—this month alone also saw former head coach George Karl fired and GM Masai Ujiri granted permission to defect to the Toronto Raptors.
Connelly was hired by New Orleans back in 2010 to assume the role of assistant general manager after coming up inside the Washington Wizards organization.
The 36-year-old began his career in the front office as an intern in the basketball operations department in 1996 and received his first job out of college as an assistant video coordinator in 1999.
Now the Nuggets are giving Connelly a chance to shine as he takes the reins of a team coming off of a disappointing first-round playoff exit.
What do you think of this hire?
His first order of business should be to install a new head coach, with the latest reports insisting ownership is interested in having either former Memphis Grizzlies head man Lionel Hollins or Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw fill the vacancy.
There’s also the issue of Andre Iguodala’s impending free agency, as the superstar swingman is reportedly expected to opt out of his contract this summer, as per ESPN.
It’s evident that Connelly will need to hit the ground running and has his work cut out for him now that he’s ready to assume GM duties in Denver.