In an aggressive move to secure the future of the Nuggets front office, owner Josh Kroenke has promoted assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas to general manager, according to a league source.
Tim Connelly will move from general manager to a new role as Denver’s president of basketball operations. The move keeps Karnisovas, who was a finalist for the GM job in Milwaukee, in Denver for the foreseeable future and provides a clear signal that Kroenke is encouraged by the trajectory of the franchise.
Karnisovas joined the Nuggets front office alongside Connelly in 2013, and the pair has worked together to draft and build a young group of players that includes Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Juancho Hernangomez. Before becoming a finalist for the Milwaukee job this month, Karnisovas became a finalist last summer in Brooklyn’s search for a general manager.
Clearly, Karnisovas, whose strong ties to European basketball scene helped the Nuggets evaluate and draft Jokic and other promising talents over the past four years, was viewed as an executive ready for a general manager’s seat. Now he has the title in Denver with a Nuggets team intent on moving forward with a roster full of players under the age of 23.
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