In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, beat writer Mike Singer and deputy sports editor Matt Schubert reconvene in the wake of team president Tim Connelly’s sudden departure for Minnesota. Among the topics discussed:
When did buzz start to emerge in NBA circles that teams were targeting the Nuggets president of basketball operations? And at what point did it become clear the Minnesota Timberwolves had shifted their focus entirely on bringing Connelly on board? Why were they so determined to poach him from Denver?
What ultimately drove Connelly, the architect of a Nuggets team on the verge of title contention, to accept the Timberwolves’ offer? How difficult of a decision was this? Did it simply boil down to more money, or were there other motivating factors? And did Denver make a last-minute push to keep him?
With general manager Calvin Booth presumed to be the next head of basketball operations for the Nuggets, how aggressive will the team be this summer? Will there be extra urgency for an executive who might feel the need to prove himself right away? Will he be able to bring in a No. 2 to fill out the front office after the Nuggets lost Connelly and Artūras Karnišovas in the last three years?
The Nuggets Ink fellas take a look back at Singer’s story on the touching MVP coronation of Nikola Jokic in Serbia, including the reporting that went into it and how it now serves as a coda to the Connelly Era in Denver.
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