Tim Connelly leaving Nuggets to lead Timberwolves front office?

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Tim Connelly leaving Nuggets to lead Timberwolves front office?

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Tim Connelly leaving Nuggets to lead Timberwolves front office?

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The Timberwolves are in serious talks with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about the franchise’s vacant President of Basketball Operations role, sources tell The Athletic. The Timberwolves recently requested permission from the Nuggets to speak with Connelly, and the sides have moved beyond exploratory conversations, sources said. There have been no agreements reached yet, and nothing appears imminent, sources said.
Source: Jon Krawczynski, Shams Charania, Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
NEW episode of Pickaxe and Roll:
Weird time for a news dump, but okay.
On Tim Connelly having discussions with the T’Wolves about becoming their POBO, Jordi Fernandez leaving the Nuggets coaching staff, and Bones being named All-Rookie second team. denverstiffs.com/2022/5/18/2312…12:53 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Could Tim Connelly really leave Denver for Minnesota. It feels like he definitely could. Thoughts on the developing situation and how a Calvin Booth front office could operate differently than a Connelly-led one.
thednvr.com/could-tim-conn…11:26 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Nuggets would never be in one of the greatest eras of their franchise without Tim Connelly expertly leading them.
If the Nuggets do not do everything they can to keep him in Denver, they’ve failed; simple as that. You do whatever it takes to keep someone that brilliant. – 9:14 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
On the Tim Connelly talks and the tightrope Timberwolves ownership is trying to walk in this unique search for a new President: startribune.com/timberwolves-t…9:10 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Minnesota has emerged as a threat to poach Tim Connelly, sources told @denverpost.
According to a person with intimate knowledge of discussions, Minnesota’s targets included Sam Presti, Bob Myers, Masai Ujiri and Tim Connelly.
(@TheAthletic 1st on news)
denverpost.com/2022/05/18/tim…9:08 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
If it’s about money — I don’t see what else it could be — hand Tim Connelly a blank check. Give him an ownership stake. This franchise changes drastically the second he leaves. The vision, culture, present/future are different. The Nuggets are not the Nuggets without Connelly – 8:09 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Tim Connelly leaving for Minnesota would be a truly stunning move for so many reasons, especially after passing on the Wizards job. He was in Sombor partying with Kroenke, Malone, the Jokic clan last week. But if the Nuggets don’t pay him what he’s worth they deserve to lose him. – 7:38 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
My understanding of the situation: The Wolves had several big-name GMs circled, and Tim Connelly was on their list.
Tim’s amassed a strong drafting record and has built something close to a contender in Denver around Nikola Jokic. He’s widely respected around the NBA. – 7:35 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
There’s a lot to unpack with the Tim Connelly report, and as surprising as it is, there have been some signs.
Notably, Calvin Booth, Denver’ current general manager (under Connelly at POBO) spoke to media at Denver’s post-season press conference a couple weeks ago. – 7:24 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Sources: The Timberwolves are in serious talks with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about Minnesota’s President of Basketball Operations role.
Story at @TheAthletic with ⁦@Shams Charania⁩: theathletic.com/3320881/2022/0…7:14 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: The Timberwolves are in serious talks with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about Minnesota’s President of Basketball Operations role.
Story at @TheAthletic with @ Jon Krawczynski: theathletic.com/3320881/2022/0…7:14 PM

More on this storyline

The Timberwolves identified a list of four big-name GMs — Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti, Golden State’s Bob Myers, Toronto’s Masai Ujiri and Connelly — to fill their vacancy, according to a person with intimate knowledge of discussions. And the Nuggets’ long-time president was deemed the most “gettable,” from a financial standpoint, according to another source. Connelly, according to sources, is in an option year of his contract. -via Denver Post / May 18, 2022
Dane Moore: Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez put together a list of five POBOs to target shortly after purchasing the Timberwolves, sources say. Originally Pat Riley was on that list. These are the most recent five names, sources say: Tim Connelly Masai Ujiri Daryl Morey Bob Myers Sam Presti -via Twitter @DaneMooreNBA / May 18, 2022
Dane Moore: A key negotiation factor in the Timberwolves trying to attract Tim Connelly to be the new president of basketball operations is a stake in ownership, sources say. Connelly has been on the Wolves list of “top 5” POBO candidates dating back to last summer, sources say. -via Twitter @DaneMooreNBA / May 18, 2022

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