Tim Connelly sat down with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis about the head front-office opening on Friday.
On Monday, NBC Sports Washington confirmed that he decided to stick with his role as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets.
A day later, he spoke to the media at a press conference and answered questions about his meeting with Washington.
Clear in Connelly's comments were his respect for Leonsis, but commitment to continuity in Denver.
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"I had a really nice conversation with Mr. Leonsis and his staff. He's a fantastic owner, I think a real visionary. I was really impressed by who he was and his thoughts for the team. That team's going to be special quickly under his leadership. We just had a conversation and not much more than that."
As for the reason for the discussion with Leonsis, Connelly said it came down to his love for the franchise.
"I spent 14 years there. Certainly it's where I'm from, it's where my wife's from, so I just wanted to have the conversation because I care about the organization," he said.
"I'd never had an audience with [Leonsis], so to have that conversation and exchange of ideas, you know, it's flattering."
Ultimately, however, the Baltimore native emphasized that Washington couldn't entice him away from the franchise he'd spent the last six years building.
"Loyalty and patience is such a rarity in professional sports and that's here in spades. Those things matter to me," he said. "I had a hard time envisioning myself elsewhere."
With Connelly out of the picture, the list of candidates for the Wizards front-office opening is narrowing. Currently, Tommy Sheppard, Danny Ferry and Troy Weaver remain in the conversation.
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