Jeff Weltman is finally getting the chance to run his own team after more than two decades of toil in NBA front offices. Faced with the daunting task of remaking the Orlando Magic, he wasted little time in adding a familiar face to help him. Hours after the Magic formally announced Weltman Tuesday morning as their president of basketball operations, he named longtime NBA executive John Hammond the club's new general manager. The two worked together in Milwaukee years ago, though the tables were turned back then with Weltman reporting to Hammond. Considering their history, if they didn't come as a package deal, Orlando's moves certainly have that feel to them. "John brings tremendous experience
Justin Jackson hasnt officially declared anything yet, but FanRagSports Jon Rothstein reports that hes expected to return to Maryland basketball. Last year, Melo Trimble took until late at night to decide to stay for his junior season. Justin Jacksons decision feels a lot like Melo Trimbles from last year, writes Matt Ellentuck.
The Knicks need a whole lot of things this summer — starting with someone who would give them anything of value for Carmelo Anthony (they may well strike out there) — but at the top of the list should be getting players who can defend. One way to do that, revisit the Ricky Rubio trade discussions they had near the trade deadline. Ian Begley of ESPN said some in the Knicks camp hope to do that.