Magic hire Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations


The Orlando Magic hired Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman on Monday to be the team's president of basketball operations, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Orlando has struggled since trading Dwight Howard years ago and this will be a major project for Weltman, but his first top gig.

Weltman is now the general manager in Toronto, working under Raptors President Masai Ujiri.

Toronto finished with a record of 51-31 under Weltman, reaching the second round of the playoffs where they were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. Before that, he worked 13 seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers, most recently as the director of player personnel.

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Matt Lloyd, who has run the team's draft preparation since the front-office shakeup last month, is still with the Magic and will be a candidate for the team's full-time GM job. However, they have the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft and possess some young talent with Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic.

Weltman was promoted to general manager about a year ago, in part to ward of potential poachers, though Ujiri remained the ultimate decision-maker. Weltman spent five years with the Bucks as an assistant GM before joining Masai Ujiri's front office in Toronto in 2013.

The new president of basketball operations helped lead the Raptors back from Eastern Conference obscurity.