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Raptors to Hire Bucks' Weltman as Assistant GM to Ujiri?

It looks like Masai Ujiri is continuing to fill out his staff...

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You probably saw this yesterday afternoon but in case not,Masai Ujiri may be looking to add a current member of the Milwaukee Bucks' front office to his staff.

Via Peter Vescey's Twitter account:

Jeff Weltman will remain w Bucks until after draft, then join Raptors as 2d in command under Masai Ujiri, it has been learned/confirmed

It sounds like the Raps are staying pretty low-key on the draft and therefore aren't pressing to have Weltman on board until after the process has concluded.

Which makes sense for the Bucks as Weltman has invariably been involved in their draft process.

And just who is Jeff Weltman you ask?

From Brewhoop's piece on the potential move:

Weltman had previously interviewed for GM positions with the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns (twice), including earlier this summer. Weltman has been with the Bucks since 2008 when he followed John Hammond from Detroit. Prior to that he worked as an assistant GM in Denver and as Director of Player Personnel with the Clippers. He was given a three-year contract extension by the Bucks this past season at the same time as Hammond. Joining the Raptors now amounts to a reunion for Weltman and Ujiri. The latter was hired by Denver after being introduced to then-GM Kiki Vandeweghe by Weltman.

In fact, for a great background on Weltman and his style, check out our partners at, who did a very comprehensive two-part chat with him. Part I. Part II.

Obviously nothing is official yet, and in fact, I haven't seen confirmation from any Toronto media (hence my delay in posting said rumour) but there's no doubt there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes right now via Ujiri's camp so no surprise if this indeed comes to pass.