As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, the Denver Nuggets have agreed on a multi-year extension with their General Manager, Tim Connelly. Connelly succeeded the 2012-13 Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri, who went on to become the General Manager of the Toronto Raptors. The complete list of Connelly’s roster moves as General Manager can be found here.
At 16-25 on the season, the Nuggets have a number of intriguing young players, many of them who grew up internationally, to build around. These players include Joffrey Lauvergne (24 years old, France); Jusuf Nurkic (21 years old, Bosnia and Herzegovina); Nikola Jokic (20 years old, Serbia); and Emmanuel Mudiay (19 years old, Congo). Earlier in his tenure, Connelly also traded away two talented French players in Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier.
Connelly made a shrewd trade last winter for Portland swingman Will Barton, re-signing Barton to a three-year deal over the summer. Even though Barton has started just one game for the Nuggets this season, he leads the team in total minutes played and is second in total points and points per game.
The Nuggets could be in position to pursue big free agents over the summer, as Denver has a relatively small $60.7 million committed to their 2016-17 team, with most every key contributor due to return.