Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 11:19
Jeff Weltman will become president there, in charge of basketball operations, leaving his post as Masai Ujiri's right-hand man in Toronto. The Raptors have made four consecutive playoff appearances. According to Wojnarowski, Weltman and the Magic met on Monday and the two parties are finalizing a five-year deal.
Rob Hennigan was sacked April 13 after five losing seasons.
Orlando parted ways with former general manager Rob Hennigan in April, and appointed Matt Lloyd as the club's interim GM. In addition to the Raptors, Weltman has worked for the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been heavily involved in the upcoming NBA Draft where the Magic now hold the No.6 overall pick. Orlando has posted a 132-278 record (a.322 winning percentage) since 2012 - the second-worst mark in the National Basketball Association over the last five seasons with only the Philadelphia 76ers being worse at 109-301 (.266 winning percentage). The five-year deal he was given seems to indicate that Orlando understands that this will be a process that takes significant time, given what they now have on the roster.
One of the key architects of the most successful era in Raptors history is leaving to helm the Orlando Magic.
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.
The new president of basketball operations helped lead the Raptors back from Eastern Conference obscurity.