Nuggets president says Timberwolves made ‘desperate’ offer to hire Tim Connelly

Speaking at his first press conference since the Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tim Connelly away from the Denver Nuggets, team president Josh Kroenke labeled the Timberwolves’ courtship of Connelly as “desperate.”

After nine seasons in Denver in the same role, Connelly was hired as the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations on May 23. His five-year, $40 million contract made him one of the highest-paid executives in the NBA and included a stake in the team’s ownership equity.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Kroenke told reporters that the Nuggets made a competitive offer to keep Connelly but the ownership equity helped persuade him to come to Minnesota.

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