If you're one of those people who loves watching the NBA Draft to see which teams select which players - and to see if any of the future millionaires end up squirming in the draft's green room as they wait their turn, here's some news for you.The list of players receiving invitations for the 2012 NBA Draft green room, tweeted out by DraftExpress, is as follows:Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond. Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters, Austin Rivers, John Henson, Jeremy Lamb, Meyers Leonard and Tyler Zeller.Typically the invitations go out to those players projected into lottery portion or first half of the NBA Draft. By most estimates, that is the case here with Henson, Lamb and Leonard potentially left to turn out the lights. Of course, being added to the list does not automatically mean an early selection, hence the potential squirming. Those not making the reported cut include Jared Sullinger, the Ohio State power forward and receiver of some recent medical red flags for an apparent faulty back. Terrence Ross, Perry Jones III. Terrence Jonesand Arlington native Kendall Marshall are other rumored lottery picks that did notmake the Newarkcut.
Here are five things to know about him...
1. Connelly is a Baltimore native who transferred to Catholic University in D.C. during his junior year in college, graduating from there in 1999.
2. Connelly began his NBA front office career with the Wizards, starting as an intern in 1996. He spent a decade with the organization, holding such roles as assistant video coordinator, head scout, and director of player personnel.
3. After leaving the Wizards, Connelly spent three seasons serving as the assistant general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.
4. Connelly joined the Nuggets organization in 2013 as the executive vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2017. Connelly has been part of a Denver front office that has drafted the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris over the last five years.
5. Connelly has six siblings, including four brothers: Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin. All four of them have also worked in basketball in some capacity, Joe, Pat, and Dan all following Tim into the NBA ranks.
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The Wizards may have found the successor to longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld. Per multiple reports, Washington offered the vacant head front-office job to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that, while Connelly hoped for a five-year deal, he is serious about the Wizards' four-year offer.
The Wizards presented Tim Connelly with a four-year contract offer that is believed to be in the neighborhood financially of what he was looking for, sources tell @SInow. Connelly wanted five years—but is strongly considering the offer.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) May 17, 2019
The Nuggets president came to Washington to meet with owner Ted Leonsis on Friday.
A Baltimore native, Connelly worked as a member of the Wizards front office, beginning as an intern in 1996 and rising to director of player personnel in his time with the franchise.
After a stop in New Orleans, Connelly was hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Nuggets in 2013. He ascended to president of basketball operations in his six-year tenure.
His notable accomplishments in Denver include drafting star big man Nikola Jokic and building a team that won 54 games in the 2018-19 season.
This is a developing story. Please check back with NBCSportsWashington.com for updates as available.
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