Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Denver Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly has met with Mike D'Antoni about the team's head coaching vacancy.
Denver general manager Tim Connelly conducted a sit-down with D'Antoni in California on Tuesday, league sources said.
D'Antoni's vaunted running game fits into Denver's determination that it wants to play faster in the future. Melvin Hunt, the interim coach in the wake of Brian Shaw's firing, remains a strong contender to retain the full-time job, league sources said.
Along with D'Antoni and Hunt, ex-Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone has had conversations with Connelly and could soon emerge with a sit-down interview, league sources said.
This is the first legitimate news we've heard on the Nuggets' coaching front in a long time. Basically since Woj's last article detailing names the team wanted to meet with. And Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post sat down with Josh Kroenke recently to discuss the process and timetable of hiring a new coach. Kroenke was in no rush, but the generally feeling is that the team wants a head man in place before the June 25th NBA draft.
We'll see if the meetings with D'Antoni lead anywhere, as he's been believed to be near the top of Denver's wish list since the firing Brian Shaw back on March 3rd.
Usually once Woj gets involved, the team moves quickly. We'll see.