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Report: Nuggets president Connelly meets with Timberwolves owner

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The Nuggets had Masai Ujiri as president, but he moved to Toronto and got a big paycheck. They had Arturas Karnisov to help run the front office, but he ran away to Chicago and got a big paycheck.

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Now it’s Nuggets president Tim Connelly, who Minnesota is recruiting – with a reportedly much higher salary – who could be next. He’s flying to Minnesota this weekend to meet with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor (although it’s Minority Owners/Pending Owners Mark Lohr and Alex Rodriguez who pushed Connelly to sign). This was reported by ESPN correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski..

Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly travels this weekend to meet Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor in the next step in the team’s quest to hire Connelly and make him one of the NBA’s highest-paid executives, sources told ESPN.

Connelly has long professed his affection and devotion to the Western Conference contender and the organization he built with the Nuggets, but he could be the second consecutive top basketball executive to leave the Nuggets for a vastly better deal elsewhere.

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Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports summed it up nicely.

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It’s not about the cities and not about where the teams are at the development stage. It’s about the money – and the feeling of respect for your job when you get paid at market rate (or higher, Connelly is one of the top managers in the league).

The Kroenke family is notorious for not paying big bucks to their NBA executives. Money is not the main thing in work, but it is of great importance. Connelly has options and to keep him, Denver may have to consider a promotion.

If Connelly leaves, Calvin Booth will likely jump right in with a smooth transition. However, with the Nuggets in the championship window starting next season – provided that Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. healthy with Nikola Jokic — and what signal would it send to the players and fans if they let go another top manager?



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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