Denver Nuggets hire new general manager - Tim Connelly from New Orleans

The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly, 36, as their new general manager.

The New Orleans Pelicans assistant general manager will take over for Masai Ujiri, who left to take over as general manager in Toronto.

Connelly was with the Pelicans, formerly the Hornets, for three years and before that he was with the Washington Wizards for 10 years.

Connelly, like Ujiri, is known for his international scouting abilities, according to the Denver Post. Ujiri received the honor of being named the 2012-2013 Executive of the Year in May.

Connelly's other duties with the Pelicans included draft preparation, trade negotiations and player contracts.

"I want to thank the Kroenke family for this incredible opportunity and for putting their faith in me to help lead the Nuggets to new heights," Connelly said. “I am also very grateful to Dell and the Pelicans organization and want to thank them for preparing me for this next chapter in my career. I am looking forward to building on the strong foundation that has already been established in Denver."

The Nuggets had previously considered their Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Pete D'Alessandro, but he left for the Sacramento Kings general manager's job this past weekend.

The Nuggets are in the process of reorganizing. After Ujiri left, the Nuggets fired Coach George Karl last month, shortly after he was named NBA Coach of the Year.

The Nuggets boast of Connelly's strong international connections, saying he has traveled globally to identify talent around the world. He currently serves on the board of the GEN Basketball Academy, a Sarajevo-based academy funded by NATO, and has assisted with their youth camps.

In addition, Connelly has also worked as an instructor at the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program in Moscow, Russia, last year. His first experience with the program took place in South Africa in 2006. That same summer, he was involved with the Seed Academy in Dakar, Senegal.

In 2007, Connelly visited Dublin, Ireland, to help raise youth awareness of cultural diversity and integration through the sport of basketball and to work with the Irish federation on future basketball related initiatives. More recently, he and his brother Pat Connelly visited England as part of their personal efforts to aid the globalization of basketball.

Connelly will be introduced at a press conference later in the week but the date and time has not been released.

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