Jeff Weltman joined Masai Ujiri in the Toronto front office in 2013. The Orlando Magic have hired Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman as the franchise’s president of basketball operations, league sources told The Vertical. Weltman met with Orlando CEO Alex Martins and ownership on Monday, finalizing a five-year deal, league sources said.
The contract that Cole Aldrich signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves heading into this season is, thus far, the largest that the new regime of Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden have handed out in free agency. Aldrich, a Minnesota native, was fresh off a strong year with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played just over 13 minutes a game shoring up their big rotation. Aldrich was seen a steal, as he was a fairly skilled big who could soak up minutes, play good defense, and generally just be a large human to anchor the Timberwolves bench. This seemed to be a dire need for the Timberwolves, as in the previous season there was basically no one to help out Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns after Kevin Garnett’s legs gave out and Nikola Pekovic was unable to make a comeback.