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Wizards offer top front office job to Nuggets' Tim Connelly, per reports

Wizards offer top front office job to Nuggets' Tim Connelly, per reports

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. 

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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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2019 NBA Draft preview: Wizards have many possibilities at No. 9 pick

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2019 NBA Draft preview: Wizards have many possibilities at No. 9 pick

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. The Wizards hold the ninth overall pick. Here's everything you need to know...

When: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

TV: NBC Sports Washington will have Wizards-centric draft coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on TV and the MyTeams app, the official broadcast is on ESPN

Wizards' picks: Ninth overall in first round with potential to add a second round pick via trade or by purchasing one from another team

Wizards needs: Rim protection, perimeter defense, forward depth, guard depth

What to watch for: The Wizards' best bet is probably to trade down for more picks, but it all depends on how the board shakes out. There is a chance a top prospect falls unexpectedly.

Point guard Coby White of North Carolina is one to keep an eye on. The Wizards worked him out this week in Washington despite him ranking higher than ninth on most mock drafts. Many expect him to go to Phoenix or Chicago ahead of the Wizards. But if he falls, that could become an easy decision, even with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the mix.

If White isn't there, their best choice may be either Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, Jaxson Hayes or Bol Bol. All four would help them defensively and offer high upside. 

The most controversial player is definitely Cam Reddish, who is a boom-or-bust prospect that may or may not be there when the Wizards are on the clock.

Lottery order:

1. Pelicans
2. Grizzlies
3. Knicks
4. Pelicans (trade with Lakers)
5. Cavaliers
6. Suns
7. Bulls
8. Hawks
9. Wizards
10. Hawks (trade with Mavericks)
11. Timberwolves
12. Hornets
13. Heat
14. Celtics (trade with Kings)

Big board:

1. Zion Williamson, Duke
2. Ja Morant, Murray State
3. R.J. Barrett, Duke
4. De'Andre Hunter, Virginia
5. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
6. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
7. Coby White, North Carolina
8. Cam Reddish, Duke
9. Sekou Doumbouya, France
10. Nassir Little, North Carolina
11. Jaxson Hayes, Texas
12. Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
13. Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
14. Bol Bol, Oregon
 

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Recent travel arrangements have Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne 'sick of it'

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Recent travel arrangements have Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne 'sick of it'

WNBA players have had zero problems voicing their displeasure with how they're treated, not only in comparison to their colleagues in the NBA but as basic human beings.  

That continued Wednesday morning as Mystics' forward, Elena Delle Donne posted an uncomfortable picture of her squeezing her 6-foot-5 frame between the seats of the coach section, as the team flew to Los Vegas for their game against the Aces. 

"We're sick of it," Delle Donne said. "We deserve more."

The disrespect didn't stop there as Delle Donne stated: "a 50-60-year-old man told me he could cross me up." 

Travel arrangements for WNBA players have been the latest topic of concern for the league. Los Angeles Sparks' head coach Derek Fisher posted a photo of disgruntled and displaced Sparks' players waiting for transportation after a nationally televised victory.

The caption read: "So after a hard fought win on national television @la_sparks are right back to reality that these women are not being treated like the best athletes in the world!! #facts #hastochange#comeonnow"


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