Josh Kroenke confident free agents will consider Nuggets as president Tim Connelly stays
Denver Nuggets president Josh Kroenke is confident the incoming wave of free agents will look at his team as a potential landing spot this offseason. This comes at the heels of president of basketball operations Tim Connelly remaining with the organization after meeting with Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis regarding the same position.
Kroenke reportedly made a compelling case to keep Connelly at the helm of his front office, knowing the latter would want to finish what he started as the architect of a young and promising team.
The boss noted that this recent postseason could give Denver a solid ground to be considered a viable free agent destination, perhaps for the first time in team history, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post.
Keeping Connelly aboard is a reassuring proposition, given that it was him who put together a roster built through the NBA Draft, while pulling off solid moves to acquire the likes of Will Barton and Paul Millsap.
Kroenke only considered giving him permission to interview with the Wizards due to Connelly’s immediate family needs, who are close to the Washington D.C. area.
“These are real people behind the scenes and Tim had a real pull from his family (to consider leaving),” said Kroenke, according to Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports. “I think it’s a testament to the Nuggets organization, the fans and the city of Denver how much Tim has grown to love the place and is excited to see this thing through.”
The Nuggets have never been considered a majorly attractive destination, but winning attracts players, and they have proved they can win with this core — maybe needing just a few more names to push them over the top.