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Nuggets Hire Tim Connelly As Executive V.P. Of Basketball Operations

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as their new executive vice president of basketball operations, the team announced on Monday.

The 36-year-old Connelly will take over for NBA executive of the year Masai Ujiri, who left to become the general manager of the Toronto Raptors. Connelly had been working for the New Orleans Pelicans as an assistant GM.

“We are extremely excited to have Tim join the Denver Nuggets organization,” Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke said. “He comes from a great basketball background, possesses an incredibly strong work ethic and is a wonderful person. His passion and energy for the game of basketball are contagious and I am confident that he will be a great fit with us in Denver.”

With a new executive in place, the Nuggets are expected to turn their sights towards hiring a new head coach to replace NBA coach of the year George Karl, with whom the team recently parted ways.

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