ESPN.com news services The Raptors on Thursday acquired a future second-round draft pick from the Magic in exchange for Jeff Weltman, who was released from his contract with Toronto and hired by Orlando as president of basketball operations. According to multiple reports, the Magic will send one of their two second-round picks in the 2018 draft to the Raptors. Besides its own pick, Orlando also owns the Los Angeles Lakers' second-round pick in 2018 (acquired as part of the Dwight Howard trade in 2012) and will send the lesser of the two to Toronto. Weltman, who was promoted by the Raptors to their general manager position last September, was hired by the Magic this week and formally introduced
The internet doesn’t forget. Former ESPN personality Bill Simmons got burned badly by the daughter of an NBA owner, who went deep into the archives to spotlight his fall from sports-media grace. Simmons wrote a column for ESPN The Magazine in 2008 in which he sarcastically — maybe seriously? — campaigned for the general manager position with the Milwaukee Bucks. Simmons compiled more than 1,200 words tooting his own horn about how he would change the struggling Bucks organization (free kielbasa and Miller Lite after blow-out home games) and be embraced by fans. The Bucks again are searching for a new GM after John Hammond left this week to take over the Orlando Magic. Simmons resurfaced his old
As Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton continues his quest to fill his entire coaching staff with Arizona Wildcats, the team is reportedly “finalizing” a contract to hire Miles Simon to their coaching staff, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. Simon, a product of Southern California’s own Mater Dei High School whose jersey was recognized at Arizona last October, averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and four assists in his four years with the Wildcats. He then appeared for five games for the Orlando Magic during the 1998-99 season, averaging less than a point per appearance.