ESPN: Arturas Karnisovas Promoted to GM of Denver Nuggets


The Denver Nuggets have promoted assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas to the role of general manager, a source confirmed to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Karnisovas reportedly was a finalist for the vacant GM position with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tim Connelly, who had been the team's GM, will take on a new role of president of basketball operations for the Nuggets, the source confirmed to Windhorst.

Arturas Karnisovas has been promoted to GM by the Denver Nuggets, a source confirmed to ESPN. The team also promoted Tim Connelly to president of basketball operations, the source confirmed. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Both Karnisovas and Connelly began their Nuggets careers in 2013.

The 46-year-old Karnisovas has been Denver's assistant GM since '13. This past season, he also served as the team's vice president of basketball operations.

Before joining the Nuggets' front office, he worked five seasons for the Rockets, including as their director of scouting.

Karnisovas played at Seton Hall, won Olympic bronze medals for Lithuania in 1992 and '96, and played several years internationally.

The Nuggets are coming off a 40-42 season, just missing the playoffs. They have a rising star in Nikola Jokic but also are expected to face free-agent decisions on Danilo Gallinari and Mason Plumlee.

The Denver Post and The Vertical earlier reported the front-office moves.