Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations

This doesn't leave the Bucks in as great a position of uncertainty as it would initially seem, in part due to the somewhat unusual arrangement that may have played a role in Hammond's sudden interest in jobs elsewhere.

Presumably, that announcement will be to officially name Zanik as Milwaukee's general manager.

"John Hammond has been an incredible asset to the Bucks organization these last nine years and a true professional in every sense of the word".

The statement from the Magic states that during Hammond's 26 years in the National Basketball Association, his teams have made 15 postseason appearances. They have not made the playoffs in the past five seasons.?


The Magic, who went 29-53 past year, have pick Nos. We feel Jeff is a tremendous long-term fit and brings great experience, strong values and a successful track record.

The two seasoned National Basketball Association front-office executives inherit a team that went 29-53 last season and has the No. 6 pick in the National Basketball Association draft. During his tenure with Milwaukee, he assisted in all basketball, salary cap and administrative matters.

The 52-year-old Weltman joined the Raptors in 2013 as their vice president of basketball operations before taking over last September as GM under team president Masai Ujiri, who elevated his trusted confidant in hopes of keeping other franchises from hiring him away.

Prior to joining the Bucks, Hammond spent seven seasons as vice president of basketball operations with the Detroit Pistons, where he was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department, handling player personnel issues and assisting in roster development. It was the first time a Bucks executive had ever won the award in the team's history. We wish John and his family nothing but the best in Orlando.


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