CONNELLY TURNS DOWN WIZ, DANNY FERRY BACK IN THE HUNT!

By Michael Donovan

The down and out Wizards just got kicked to the curb by a prospective new big boss.

Tim Connelly, the Denver Nuggets’ president of basketball operations, has turned down an offer to run the Wizards’ front office, ESPN is reporting.

Josh Kroenke, the Nuggets’ president and governor, made an aggressive and compelling case to Connelly over the weekend to keep him with the team, which the two have helped build into a Western Conference contender.

Connelly’s deep family roots in the mid-Atlantic region and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis’ franchise vision gave Connelly significant pause, but ultimately, the chance to continue building the Nuggets into contenders kept Connelly in Denver, league sources said.

Connelly met with Leonsis on Friday in suburban Maryland, sources said, and Washington extended an offer over the weekend.

The Wizards’ search is now expected to return to the three finalists, including Oklahoma City’s Troy Weaver, former Atlanta and Cleveland GM Danny Ferry and interim general manager Tommy Sheppard. Weaver and Ferry have each met twice with Leonsis, and Weaver’s candidacy had gained momentum before Connelly agreed to talk with the Wizards.

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