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Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations

23 May 2017, 11:16 | Susie Olson

Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations

Jeff Weltman left — with Raptors boss Masai Ujiri right at an NBA Summer League game in 2013 — is the new president of the Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors are losing general manager Jeff Weltman to the Orlando Magic. The Raptors have made four consecutive playoff appearances.

Weltman's hiring by the Magic originally was reported by The Vertical.

Orlando fired general manager Rob Hennigan on April 13 after the team missed the postseason in all five years he was at the helm. It's unclear what role interim Matt Lloyd will have with the organization.

The Magic have the sixth overall pick in this June's National Basketball Association draft after finishing 29-53.

Before joining the Bucks, Weltman held executive positions with the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers, who he started his career with.


Weltman was promoted to general manager about a year ago, in part to ward of potential poachers, though Ujiri remained the ultimate decision-maker. In Denver, he helped engineer personnel moves that helped to turn the Nuggets into one of the exciting, young teams in the National Basketball Association.

In Orlando, Weltman will report to Magic CEO Alex Martins.

The pair has always been connected - Weltman, who has spent decades in National Basketball Association front offices, once hired Ujiri, giving him an early chance, and Ujiri made him his first hire upon ascending to the top job with the Raptors, luring him away from the Bucks.

Weltman also has basketball in his bloodlines as his late father, Harry, was a GM in the defunct ABA and formerly with the Cleveland Cavaliers.



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