Tim Connelly Rumors
Michael Malone believes one of his roles as an NBA coach near the trade deadline is to keep the mood light and help players relax. He also admitted Wednesday that walking into his team’s practice with general manager Tim Connelly, roughly 24 hours before the deadline, may not have been the best way to achieve that objective. “Everybody was looking over like they were waiting for somebody to be called over,” Malone said. “I said, ‘Relax, fellas.’ ”
Malone said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly reached out to Mudiay and told the young point guard not to “believe any of this stuff.” “Emmanuel’s a big part of our future,” Malone said. “Tim Connelly’s not actively shopping Emmanuel Mudiay. That’s just not accurate, it’s not fair, and Emmanuel knows that.”
Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly reacted to the NBA’s ruling late Wednesday, denying the team’s protest their 108-107 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 8. “We are certainly disappointed with the league’s ruling,” Connelly said. “As the last two minute report clearly stated, the ball was not off of Emmanuel (Mudiay) and therefore should have been our ball. The league has done a fantastic job furthering transparency with these reports, and in this case the video review room in Seacaucus admirably admitted a mistake had been made. We were optimistic that we had made a strong enough argument for the league to take additional action. Unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t what we’d hoped.”
The Denver Nuggets have waived G D.J. Kennedy, F JaKarr Sampson and F Axel Toupane, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Kennedy, was signed by Denver on Aug. 16, 2016 and has appeared in one preseason game for the Nuggets, posting four points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals in 12 minutes of play.