Timberwolves Name New President of Basketball Operations in $40M++ Deal

It's being called a "landmark" signing—the Minnesota Timberwolves have come to a 5-year, $40M agreement with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly to become their new President of Basketball Operations. The deal involves an ownership stake. 

According to Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic, the deal more than doubles his salary, and will "make him one of the most well-compensated executives in the league."

And while the Nuggets made an attempt to keep Connelly from moving to a Western Conference rival, according to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the chance at ownership equity with the T-Wolves "is life-changing money" which Connelly couldn't turn down. 

He first met with Timberwolves minority owners Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore, then was flown into Minnesota on the weekend to meet majority owner Glen Taylor.  

The 45-year-old Connelly led the Nuggets' build into a contending team, by securing the likes of two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.  

Nuggets GM Calvin Booth is expected to move up to the role of president of basketball ops to replace Connelly.

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