Magic trade pick to Raptors for Weltman

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The Orlando Magic hired Jeff Weltman away from the Toronto Raptors and wanted Weltman so badly they’re willing to give something in return.

Weltman is the new president of basketball operations in the reshaped Magic front office, which also includes new general manager John Hammond (via the Milwaukee Bucks).

Anyway, according to a press release out of Orlando:

“The Orlando Magic have conveyed a future second round draft pick to Toronto in exchange for immediately releasing Weltman from his contract to become president of basketball operations of the team.”

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.

The Hawks announced Thursday they have hired former Golden State Warriors executive Travis Schlenk as their new GM. The Bucks are searching for a replacement for Hammond.