With the Raptors watching the playoffs from home again and no draft picks to prepare for and look forward to, much of our off-season blogging here at RaptorBlog has been dedicated to Toronto’s front office shuffling, and that continues today…
Jeff Weltman will remain w Bucks until after draft, then join Raptors as 2d in command under Masai Ujiri, it has been learned/confirmed
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 9, 2013
Ujiri had mentioned during his post-press conference scrum last week that while he hoped to get some of his potential hires here before the draft, he expected it to happen after the draft given how important draft night is to teams.
Weltman has served as Milwaukee’s Assistant GM for the last five years under John Hammond, served as Denver’s Assistant GM from 2001-2006, and spent a year with the Pistons (as Director of Basketball Administration) in between.
Weltman and Ujiri do have a history, as according to this Sports Illustrated feature on Ujiri, it was Weltman, during his time in Denver, who introduced Masai to then Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe, which led to Ujiri landing his first paid job in the NBA (as an international scout for Denver after being an unpaid scout for Orlando).
Weltman got his start as a video coordinator for the Clippers in 1988, and after moving his way up in L.A., eventually served as the Clippers’ Director of Player Personnel from 1994-2001. His father, Harry Weltman, was GM of the Cavs in the 80′s and previously served as General Manager of the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis.
The 48-year-old New York Native was considered one of the front runners for the Suns’ vacant General Manager position before Phoenix decided on the Celtics’ Ryan McDonough last month. Weltman was also in the running for the Phoenix job in 2010, when the Suns ended up hiring Lance Blanks instead.
As you seek out more information on Weltman, you’ll find that like Ujiri, his background is in scouting.