When Masai Ujiri left the Denver Nuggets to sign a lucrative deal to serve as primary personnel man for the Toronto Raptors, the West's third-best team this regular season was left to search for a quality replacement for the NBA's Executive of the Year. While such a candidate may not exist — at least at first glance — the Nuggets settled on a fine choice for their new executive vice president of basketball operations: Tim Connelly. A basketball lifer who's held assistant general manager jobs (and equivalents) in New Orleans and Washington, Connelly has forged meaningful relationships with many league executives and holds great promise as a lead GM.
Connelly's connections to the rest of the league extend deeper than mere working relationships, too. According to Connelly, seven other NBA GMs will attend his August wedding. From Don Markus for The Baltimore Sun:
When Tim Connelly gets married in early August in Washington, the NBA will be well represented.
"There will be seven GMs at my wedding," said Connelly, who will now make it eight.
As noted by Trey Kerby at The Basketball Jones, the Connelly family has turned their love of basketball into a professional calling. Three of Tim's brothers have jobs in NBA front offices, and the fourth, who works in finance, has received NCAA clearance to run a scouting service. Given that level of involvement, it's no huge surprise that so many GMs will be present at this summer's nuptials. These are simply the people Connelly has encountered in his professional and personal lives.
Nevertheless, it's easy to imagine this wedding becoming the center of NBA wheeling and dealing in August. Although the month is typically a dead time for transactions, bringing eight of the league's 30 GMs together at an event at which people are encouraged to drink and have a great time. I can picture two people working out a small trade while the DJ teaches everyone the Electric Slide. And don't get me started on the afterparty (or takeover of the hotel lobby), where all eight GMs will hammer out an unprecedented blockbuster in between getting sick and surreptitiously cleaning up their mouths with printer paper stolen from the concierge desk.
So, if you're an aspiring NBA reporter looking to break big news, make sure you're present for Tim Connelly's wedding. It could determine the shape of the league for years to come.