Tim Connelly

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Tim Connelly (born ca. 1976–1977)[1] is an American basketball executive who is the president of basketball operations of the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously worked for the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets. He took over for the Nuggets in June 2013.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tim Connelly was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up with four other brothers and two sisters. After attending Fordham University in New York, Connelly transferred to Catholic University in Washington D.C. for his junior year.[3]

Washington Wizards[edit]

In his junior year, Connelly wrote to Chuck Douglas, the director of college scouting for the Washington Wizards. He became an intern for the Wizards in 1996 in the basketball operations department. He became an assistant video coordinator in 1999. Connelly became a full-time scout in 2000 and was promoted to the director of player personnel. During his tenure with the Wizards, Connelly worked under NBA legend Wes Unseld.[2][4]

New Orleans Hornets[edit]

In 2010, Connelly joined the front office of the New Orleans Hornets. He became assistant general manager under Dell Demps. Connelly's duties included scouting, trade negotiations, player contracts, and draft preparations.[2]

Denver Nuggets[edit]

On June 17, 2013, Connelly was named as the executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Denver Nuggets. He replaced former NBA Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri.[2] On June 15, 2017, it was announced that Connelly would be promoted to being the team's president of basketball operations for the purpose of retaining assistant general manager Artūras Karnišovas as the team's general manager.[5] After years of missing out on the playoffs, Connelly and Karnišovas would help lead the team to the 2019 NBA playoffs after previously missing out the first five seasons under his guidance.

Personal life[edit]

All four of Connelly's brothers, Pat, Joe, Dan, and Kevin, work as scouts or managers in the NBA or college basketball. Pat was previously the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns, while Joe works for the Washington Wizards in player development, Dan is an advanced scout for the Utah Jazz, and Kevin runs a scouting service for high school players. Connelly is a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles. Connelly is married to wife, Negah. They have two children.[6][1]


  1. ^ a b Lopez, Aaron (June 21, 2013). "Getting to know Denver Nuggets executive Tim Connelly". NBA.com. Retrieved April 3, 2019. Connelly, 36, was named general manager...
  2. ^ a b c d "Nuggets name Tim Connelly executive VP of basketball ops". Denver Nuggets. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "NBA family tree from Baltimore's Connelly brothers is growing". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Alex Kay. "Tim Connelly Reportedly Hired by Denver Nuggets as General Manager". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Denver Nuggets Promote Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas". NBA.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "NBA family tree from Baltimore's Connelly brothers is growing". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved February 10, 2016.