Three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird, introduced Friday as a basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets, wasn't looking to get into NBA management when Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly called this fall with what she called the "perfect match" for her goals. Not long after Bird led the Seattle Storm past the Washington Mystics to win this year's WNBA title, Connelly reached out to her through a mutual friend -- longtime NBA forward Caron Butler, a contemporary of Bird's at the University of Connecticut who played for Connelly with the Wizards before Connelly's move to Denver. Bird, who plans to return for her 17th WNBA season at age 38, was quickly sold on the fit. "It was really a perfect match, because here they are giving me this amazing opportunity but also understanding that I'm still a player," said Bird, who is the WNBA's all-time leader in assists. "I still have a season and I'm still preparing for that. It's just, for me...



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