Tim Connelly Rumors
Malone said he had input on the deal, acknowledging that he continues to work closely with Connelly, (assistant general manager) Arturas Karnisovas and (president) Josh Kroenke. “We’re a team. There’s no separation between church and state,” Malone said. “We’re together, we’re one, we communicate, and I think that’s so important. But at the end of the day, Tim’s job as GM is to make those decisions, obviously with the blessing of Josh Kroenke. They asked my opinion, I gave it, I tell him what I feel and believe in, and then whatever decision they make I roll with it.”
“It was a tough day,” said Tim Connelly on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. “Ty was a huge part of our success here. He’s certainly one of the really talented lead guards. Sometimes a change of scenery is best for both parties. Where we were, it made sense to make the move.”
“You always wish you had done more,” he said. “Ty’s dealing with some demons right now that I’m certain he’s going to overcome. Even though he’s not here, we’re fully supportive of him. I’ll maintain a close relationship with Ty. The convergence of fame and wealth is never an easy concoction. We tried as best possible to make an environment that could be conducive to success for Ty and the team. We had a lot of well-documented issues, and it’s a failure on all ends, but I’m hopeful both parties are on to bigger and better things.”
“We have a handful of players that we have interest in,” he said. “We’re going to take our time, let the dust settle a little bit. When you make a move as dramatic as moving your starting point guard I think you want to take a deep breath and not make any emotional or rash decisions. We’re going to talk internally and figure out what’s the best approach as we get toward training camp.”
“I’m excited to be reunited with Michael. I’ve known him for years and our relationship predates our time in New Orleans,” stated General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly. “He knows the game as well as anybody and I have always admired his work ethic and character.”
Denver general manager Tim Connelly conducted a sit-down with D’Antoni in California on Tuesday, league sources said. D’Antoni’s vaunted running game fits into Denver’s determination that it wants to play faster in the future. Melvin Hunt, the interim coach in the wake of Brian Shaw’s firing, remains a strong contender to retain the full-time job, league sources said.