Over the weekend, the Wizards brought and were almost able to hire the mastermind behind the Nuggets rebuild. Tim Connelly was reportedly offered a four-year deal from the Wizards and unexpectedly turned it down after wanting a fifth year with the team. This was an obvious gut punch and made fans wonder why the franchise wouldn’t give Connelly a fifth year after allowing Ernie Grunfeld to run the franchise for what felt like forever.
Washington has no immediate plans to switch course and offer a deal to one of the three remaining candidates: Danny Ferry, Tommy Sheppard and Troy Weaver. As the president of the Nuggets’ basketball operations, Connelly did not formally interview with the Wizards. He didn’t visit Capital One Arena or the team’s practice facility. Several reports have stated that took place at Leonsis’ home.
Connelly has decided to finish what he started building in Denver. The Nuggets finished the season with one of the youngest rosters in the league, the second-best record in the Western Conference and an all-star in Nikola Jokic. Connelly also wished to continue his working relationship with Nuggets President Josh Kroenke.