By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Tim Connelly as their new President of Basketball Operations. He comes to the Timberwolves after working for the Denver Nuggets.
The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Connelly will have the final say on all basketball personnel matters.
“We are thrilled to announce Tim Connelly as the next leader of our basketball operations department and welcome his family to the Twin Cities,” said Timberwolves Ownership. “He brings a wealth of NBA front office experience with various franchises. We look forward to building upon our most recent playoff run and bringing more success to Timberwolves fans for years to come.”
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The 45-year-old spent the last nine seasons with the Nuggets. He served as the Nuggets’ President of Basketball Operations for the last five seasons.
He previously turned down other jobs in recent years. He even turned down a previous job with the Washington Wizards to run their Basketball Operations.
Connelly had been with the Nuggets since July 2013.
“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Timberwolves organization,” said Connelly. “I appreciate Glen, Becky, Marc, and Alex’s confidence in me to lead this organization and I can’t wait to get to work to build an elite franchise that our fans can continue to be proud of.”
He is going to work with Sachin Gupta, who is the Timberwolves’ Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. He’ll also work closely with head coach Chris Finch.
Connelly and Finch previously worked together with the Nuggets during the 2016-17 season. He also worked with Timberwolves assistant coach Micah Nori, who worked in Denver for three seasons from 2015 through 2018.
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While in Denver, he also drafted Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt, who now play in Minnesota.
“We are excited to welcome Tim and his wife, Negah, along with their children to our Timberwolves family,” said Timberwolves and Lynx Chief Executive Officer Ethan Casson. “This is such an important hire for the organization and our fans, we are confident that Tim’s leadership will be a major part of our continued growth and future success.”
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