Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Magic hire veteran Weltman to head basketball operations

Magic hire veteran Weltman to head basketball operations

He'll work with former Raptors executive Jeff Weltman, who was just hired as the Orlando president of basketball operations, a job for which Hammond had recently interviewed.

Hammond replaces Rob Hennigan, who was sacked last month after the franchise missed the postseason for the fifth straight season.

The Magic hired Weltman on Monday.

The moves, coupled with incumbent center Nikola Vucevic and high-flying power forward Aaron Gordon, created a log jam in the frontcourt, and the Magic shipped Ibaka to Toronto in February for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick.

Magic President Alex Martins announced the hire on Tuesday.

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The Magic hoped to have a leader of the Basketball Operations department in place prior to the June 22nd NBA Draft. After tanking to a 15-67 record in 2013-14, Hammond seemed to flourish as a decision-maker while rebuilding.

The Magic finished 29-53 in 2016-17 and failed to qualify for the post-season for the fifth consecutive season. Similar to Hammond's new operation in Orlando, it will be intriguing to see if Zanik continues to build Milwaukee's roster in the same mold in which Hammond did. "We are very fortunate to have him as part of the Magic family".

Weltman joined the Nuggets after spending 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he served as director of player personnel since 1994. The team was interested in hiring Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin for the position, but even though Griffin had discussions about the job, he never was able to formally interview because the Cavs did not grant permission, and the Magic chose to move on.

Considering how highly people speak of Webster, who is said to be a salary cap expert, I could see the Raptors promoting him to general manager.

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