Mark Warkentien has passed away at the age of 69.

Warkentien worked his way up in the NBA from a scout to eventually becoming general manager of the Denver Nuggets from 2006-10. 

Warkentien was named Executive of the Year that season after adding Chauncey Billups and Chris Andersen to a team that already had Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.

After leaving the Nuggets, Warkentien held front office roles with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.