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Denver’s Tim Connelly Reaches Timberwolves Deal;  will meet Glen Taylor

Nuggets president Tim Connelly is set to meet with Timberwolves controlling owner Glen Taylor in the next stage of talks with Connelly to take over as president of Minnesota basketball operations, with an agreement reached between parties, sources confirmed.

Owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez, who are expected to take over as majority owners in 2023, have the most important voices in the process of identifying and targeting a senior NBA executive to lead Wolves to the future, but Taylor, as current controller owner,

must sign any agreement.

Since joining the organization last summer, Lore and Rodriguez have wanted to target a big name with a long history of building a successful franchise to drive basketball operations forward. Connelly has helped build a perennial contender in Denver around two-time MVP Nikola Jokic since joining the Nuggets as general manager in 2013. He was later promoted to team president.

The Nuggets reached the Western Conference Finals in 2020. Jamal Murray, the rising guard who led that run alongside Jokic, has been out since April 2021 after tearing his left ACL. Denver hasn’t made it past the second round of either playoff series since.

Connelly would inherit a Wolves roster that made its second playoff appearance since 2004. The hiring process for Wolves owners was a high-profile act of negotiation; they still allow executive vice-president Sachin Gupta to run the team day-to-day after Gersson Rosas was sacked in September.

They’ll also shell out a big contract to lure Connelly away from Denver, with sources saying it’s possible Connelly will receive a stake.

If Connelly received a formal offer and accepted the position, his hiring would lead to many questions in the future. He would take the job knowing he would be working with head coach Chris Finch, who signed a four-year contract in March. The two previously worked together when Finch was an assistant at Denver during the 2016-17 season.

How badly would Connelly want to redo the front office – and how much leeway will Wolves give him to do so? Gupta has made changes there in recent weeks with the hiring of Steve Senior from Memphis as assistant general manager following the departure of Gianluca Pascucci.

Would Gupta be part of the organization in the future?

In terms of the roster, Wolves could potentially be able to offer a supermax extension to center Karl-Anthony Towns if Towns, who has two years left on his contract, forms an All-NBA team. Guard D’Angelo Russell is entering the final year of his contract and will seek an extension as Wolves look to improve their frontcourt.

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