The Orlando Magic have hired Jeff Weltman as their president of basketball operations, league sources told Amico Hoops, confirming earlier reports from The Vertical and Orlando Sentinel.
Weltman had been with the Toronto Raptors’ front office for four years, most recently in the role of general manager. His father, the late Harry Weltman, was once GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets.
The news regarding Jeff Weltman ends the speculation about Cavs GM David Griffin potentially leaving his post for Orlando.
Griffin is operating on the final year of his contract — but as AmicoHoops reported last week, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is expected to make a strong offer to keep his GM in Cleveland.
Gilbert ignored a request from the Magic to speak with Griffin, and the Cavs outright denied another one from the Atlanta Hawks, sources told Amico Hoops.
Jeff Weltman has also spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets. He replaces GM Rob Hennigan, fired by the Magic after the regular season.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Weltman and the Magic have agreed to a five-year deal. The Magic are still expected to hire a GM to work under Weltman, the Sentinel reported.
Harry Weltman was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in September 2013, and died in May 2014.
Neither Magic CEO Alex Martins nor Jeff Weltman could be reached for comment.
Jeff Weltman, the Magic's new hire as president of basketball operations, will report to CEO Alex Martins.
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