Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations

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28 May, 2017

Jeff Weltman, who brings 28 years of experience in basketball operations in the NBA, has been named president of basketball operations of the Orlando Magic, CEO Alex Martins announced today.

Weltman worked with Hammond in the Milwaukee front office before he joined Masai Ujiri with the Toronto Raptors.

Orlando dismissed general manager Rob Hennigan in April, appointing Lloyd as interim GM. Not only have the Magic not been back to the playoffs, but they haven't even won more than 35 games since.

Jeff Weltman didn't wait long to make his first move as the Orlando Magic's president of basketball operations.

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It's time for the franchise to start moving forward. Tolzman and Resch have been fantastic when it comes to player development, which is evident through the Raptors 905, and I could see both of them taking on a larger role, too.

Now that the front office is in place, the first order for Weltman and Hammond, will be deciding what to do with the number 6 overall pick in the NBA Draft. It's reportedly a five-year deal. Hammond was a key executive under Joe Dumars with the Detroit Pistons for their run of six straight Eastern Conference finals, which included two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 NBA championship. We wish John and his family nothing but the best in Orlando. The pair has a successful track record in the National Basketball Association.

The Magic finished 29-53 in 2016-17 and failed to qualify for the post-season for the fifth consecutive season. "Jeff is a strategic thinker and strong leader, has great relationships in the industry and will bring a collaborative approach to our basketball operations leadership".

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