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Five things to know about Wizards general manager search candidate Tim Connelly

Five things to know about Wizards general manager search candidate Tim Connelly

The Washington Wizards have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Tim Connelly. The news was first reported by the Athletic.

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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    5 wings the Wizards could target in NBA free agency including Wilson Chandler and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

    5 wings the Wizards could target in NBA free agency including Wilson Chandler and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

    The Washington Wizards will not have much money to spend in free agency and still have some of their own players to re-sign, which could affect the positions they target. With that in mind, here are some potential bargain options expected to be available this summer at the wing position...

    Wilson Chandler, SF

    Age: 32
    2018-19 team: Sixers/Clippers
    2018-19 salary: $12.8M
    2018-19 stats: 6.0 ppg, 1.6 apg, 4.2 rpg, 0.5 spg, 41.8 FG% (2.2/5.4), 37.3 3PT% (1.2/3.1)

    Analysis: Chandler is the biggest reach of the group given he's just coming off a four-year deal worth $46.5 million and if he gets anything close to that, he will be too expensive for Washington. But Chandler is also coming off a down year and is now 32 with some injury concerns. Even with the exorbitant spending expected this summer, he's likely in line for a pay cut. If his price comes down, he could be a good option for the Wizards who have a need for physical defense and three-point shooting, two things he would provide.

    Darius Miller, SF

    Age: 29
    2018-19 team: Pelicans
    2018-19 salary: $2.2M
    2018-19 stats: 8.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 spg, 39.0 FG% (2.7/7.0), 36.5 3PT% (1.9/5.3)

    Analysis: The biggest selling point for Miller is his three-point shooting. He has shot 38.2 percent from long range in his career and just two years ago, in 2017-18, hit 41.1 percent on 4.4 attempts per game. He is a poor rebounder for his size and isn't great on defense, but he would be inexpensive and has only missed 13 games the past two seasons combined. 

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF

    Age: 24
    2018-19 team: Nets
    2018-19 salary: $2.5M
    2018-19 stats: 8.9 ppg, 1.6 apg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 spg, 41.1 FG% (3.4/8.3), 18.4 3PT% (0.2/0.8)

    Analysis: Hollis-Jefferson was on a steady, upward trajectory through his first three seasons, but had a down year in 2018-19 and now will hit free agency unrestricted as the Nets opted not to extend him a qualifying offer. Having a bad walk year could mean he will be signed as a bargain this summer, likely on a short-term deal if he wants to raise his stock and reset for another contract. He has never been a good shooter, but rebounds well for his position and plays fairly good defense. So, he could help the Wizards with some of their most pressing needs.

    Justin Anderson, SF

    Age: 25
    2018-19 team: Hawks
    2018-19 salary: $2.5M
    2018-19 stats: 3.7 ppg, 0.5 apg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 spg, 40.8 FG% (1.3/3.3), 31.2 3PT% (0.5/1.6)

    Analysis: The Wizards passed on Anderson in the 2015 draft and a lot of fans at the time thought that was a mistake. But in his four NBA seasons, he has yet to find consistency and now hits free agency at 25 and still looking for his niche in the league. He can't shoot and is basically an offensive liability, but has shown flashes on defense and can use his athleticism in transition. He could be thought of as a poor man's Kelly Oubre Jr. and someone who could probably be signed for cheap. Also, he's a local guy so that could make the Wizards appeal to him.

    James Ennis, SF

    Age: 28 (turns 29 in July)
    2018-19 team: Rockets/Sixers
    2018-19 salary: $1.6M
    2018-19 stats: 6.7 ppg, 0.7 apg, 3.1 rpg, 0.7 spg, 46.9 FG% (2.4/5.1), 35.3 3PT% (0.9/2.7)

    Analysis: Ennis turned down his player option to enter free agency after splitting last season with the Rockets and Sixers. He is a decent three-point shooter and rebounder who can play tough defense when he's locked in. The Wizards could see him as a depth option with a lack of players currently penciled in at his position.

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    PHOTOS: What the media attention on Rui Hachimura looks like at Wizards workouts

    PHOTOS: What the media attention on Rui Hachimura looks like at Wizards workouts

    WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

    Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

    But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

    While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

    Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

    Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

    On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

    With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.

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