The Orlando Magic have agreed to terms with Jeff Weltman to become their next president of basketball operations. The question is can he lead them into the playoffs?
Weltman comes to the Orlando Magic after working with the Toronto Raptors the past four years in various roles with team general manager being the latest. While Magic fans know very little about Weltman, it’s clear the Magic made this move with the postseason being the minimal expectation next season.
Toronto GM Jeff Weltman has agreed to a deal to become the Orlando Magic's President of Basketball Operations, sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 22, 2017
Weltman has spent the last four years working with Masai Ujiri in Toronto and the Magic are gambling that Weltman will be able to replicate the success the Toronto Raptors have been able to maintain the last four years under Ujiri.
In the past, Weltman has held office positions with the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets before joining the Toronto Raptors.
The curiosity level should be raised just a bit on what Weltman could do for the Orlando Magic. What shouldn’t be overlooked is the relationship between the Toronto Raptors and the Orlando Magic. Ujiri and Weltman will likely conduct business again in the future similar to what former general manager Rob Hennigan did with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sam Priest.
The Orlando Magic have not been to the playoffs in five years but hopefully Weltman is the man to get the them back to NBA relevancy. Weltman has built a strong identity throughout the NBA community with players, agents, and other general managers essentially strengthening his case to lead an NBA team.
The next step for the Orlando Magic would be to find a general manager before the upcoming draft in June that would work well with Jeff Weltman. Afterwards, the Magic would need to ensure they strike gold in the upcoming draft— a task upper management will surely discuss before deciding on a new general manager. One possible candidate is current interim general manager Matt Lloyd who has been leading the team along with head coach Frank Vogel since Hennigan’s firing.
Whatever path the Orlando Magic take in the next month with hiring a front office and preparing for the NBA draft, it sure seems like they found the right guy to lead them along the way. Let’s just hope this time it doesnt take five years to figure out the teams plan.