HoopsHype Tim Connelly rumors

April 3, 2014 Updates

I mentioned the trade rumors that troubled Faried to Denver general manager Tim Connelly, and before I could formulate anything resembling a semi-intelligent question, Connelly painfully contorted his face like a dude who had swallowed a spoonful of cinnamon on a dare. "Pshaw," Connelly said. Loose translation: Trade the Manimal? Are you kidding? "In the last six weeks of the season, there are only a handful of players in the league who have been better than Kenneth Faried," Connelly said. "He rebounds like he's 7-feet tall. His intensity and toughness overcomes his lack of size. His shooting percentage is high. And, of course, his energy level in contagious. In a lot of ways, Faried determines how we play." Denver Post

December 10, 2013 Updates

Rival executives say Denver, despite starting 13-8 and having just concluded a 4-2 six-game road trip, could still pull this trigger if they wished to. But the Nuggets like being competitive, and the remains of their 57-win roster were strong enough that a full-scale tank job would be tough. "I think our owner would have let us do whatever we wanted," Connelly says. "But a full-scale rebuild is not the be-all, end-all. It's a four- to five-year process. And coming off a 57-win season, that's just not something I would have pushed. There are too many good players here. It would be a disservice not to try, and not to try to win big." Grantland

Not every deal has to be The Deal. Houston is the most recent team to show that piling up assets, bit by bit, can improve a team's (long) odds of striking The Deal down the line. Remember: Denver owns New York's first-round pick in the next draft, as well as the right to swap picks with the Knicks in 2016. Connelly is optimistic that the pieces are still here to do something big. "Everyone wants a superstar," he says. "If one becomes available, we'll be as aggressive as anyone." Grantland

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The Denver Nuggets have named Arturas Karnisovas as assistant general manager, general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today. NBA.com

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The newest Nuggets come via trade (Randy Foye) and free agency (J.J. Hickson). Foye, in particular, was persuaded by Tim Connelly, Nuggets new executive director of basketball operations. "Tim Connelly was one of the first guys that contacted me," Foye said. "I was thinking that (Andre) Iguodala was coming back. Everything played out the way it needed to play out. When Utah didn't call me back I was a little upset, but I got a chance to talk to some of the guys and just realized 'man this is a business.' "The way me and Tim spoke on the phone, it was really cool, just to see him and the way he was working with my agent. Working with us to get me there. There were a lot of things where the deal could have broken down. Tim just stayed in there and made things happen. That was something I appreciated about the whole situation." Boulder Daily Camera

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June 24, 2013 Updates

"I can't express my appreciation enough," Shaw told The Denver Post by phone Monday evening. "It's been a grind to say the least, but I'm just very appreciative of the opportunity to lead this team. ... It's been years, 11-12 interviews I've gone through. And I've felt I've been prepared by the best of the best. You know, everything that's worth something, a lot of times you have to wait for it. I feel like I've waited and paid my dues. I feel honored and privileged that (Nuggets executives) Josh (Kroenke) and Tim (Connelly) have put faith in me that I'm the guy they want to grow with going forward." Denver Post

But that shadow is getting bigger. Before getting hired in Denver, Tim Connelly watched as some of his closest friends in the business made the jump to general manager. Ryan McDonough, whose father Will was a legendary Boston sports columnist and whose brother Sean is a well-known sports announcer, worked for the Boston Celtics and was hired at 31 to run the Phoenix Suns, where he immediately hired Pat. Masai Ujiri moved to Toronto and opened the door for Tim Connelly to be hired by the Nuggets. "Those guys are some of my best friends. Definitely the last couple of years I've been unbelievably proud to see them make the jump. Certainly I would be excited about the challenge [of being a GM himself]," Tim Connelly said earlier this month. "But I think I am in my dream job right now [in New Orleans]. I have far exceeded what I thought would be a realistic expectation in this profession. It's been a very lucky run I've been on." Baltimore Sun

When Tim Connelly gets married in early August in Washington, the NBA will be well represented. "There will be seven GMs at my wedding," said Connelly, who will now make it eight. Baltimore Sun

June 21, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have named Ben Tenzer as director of team operations, team president Josh Kroenke announced today. Tenzer, a University of Colorado graduate, will work closely with Kroenke and general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly on day-to-day operations, with a focus on salary cap management and the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. NBA.com

June 20, 2013 Updates

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