Connelly’s contract could’ve expired season’s ending, but discussions with Nuggets president Josh Kroenke was ongoing lately and culminated with a bargain, league sources said.
Since overpowering in the spring of 2013, after a reconstruct, Connelly has Denver on the cusp of a come back into the playoffs — and a playoff seed in the Convention that spring realising. The Nuggets have been 39-18two games behind the Golden State Warriors. Nuggets trainer Michael Malone — that signed an extension in the preseason — is a head trainer in Sunday’s NBA allstar Game.
Connelly, Kroenke and GM Arturas Karnisovas have constructed an infrastructure of young talent with the Nuggets framed for sustainable victory in the Western Convention. The drafting and creation of allstar forwards Nikola Jokic, guards Jamal Murray, Gary Harris along with Malik Beasley have been vital parts of the franchise’s renaissance.
Conelly drafted Jokic together with the 41st pick at the 2014 NBA draft, a move that converted in to one of the decade’s most impactful decisions. Jokic signed up a last-minute, $148 million contract extension last summer.
Connelly combined the Nuggets as GM in 2013, after departing the New Orleans Pelicans at which he had been an assistant GM. The Nuggets encouraged him in 2017, while also promoting Karnisovas in to the GM name. Connelly had also worked in player personnel with the Washington Wizards.