Q&A: ESPN’s Bobby Marks on Timberwolves hiring Tim Connelly

ESPN analyst and former Nets front office executive Bobby Marks spoke with our Darren ‘Doogie’ Wolfson about the Timberwolves hiring Tim Connelly as their new president of operations.

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Connelly was already hard at work Tuesday, a source told KSTP. He was in the gym for a draft workout that included Alabama guard JD Davison.

The 45-year-old Connelly steadily built the Nuggets into a perennial playoff contender through draft picks that included two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray.

The deal is reportedly for five years and worth more than $40 million. It also includes ownership equity.

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Timberwolves organization,” Connelly said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get to work to build an elite franchise that our fans can continue to be proud of.”

In Minnesota, Connelly will oversee a team led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. The Timberwolves are coming off a 46-win season and their first playoff appearance since 2018. They took the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to six games before being eliminated.

Connelly’s first opportunity to enhance the promising roster he’s inheriting will come in one month at the draft, when the Timberwolves have the 19th overall pick in the first round. They also have three second-round choices.

The Associated Press contributed to this story