HoopsHype Jeff Weltman rumors

April 25, 2013 Updates

A good number of executives felt Lance Blanks got a raw deal when he was fired as the Phoenix Suns' GM earlier this week. Blanks, who comes out of the Spurs' highly regarded front office tree, is respected around the league and several execs thought he became the Suns' scapegoat. Blanks was indeed pushed out front on a few moves that weren't his doing, sources said. While blamed on Blanks, sources say the heavily panned signing of Michael Beasley to a three-year, $18 million deal was president Lon Babby's call. Blanks, having worked with the volatile Delonte West in Cleveland, warned Babby that paying Beasley that much guaranteed money would take away his incentive to work hard and change. But Babby didn't listen and got a disappointing 10 points per game on 40 percent shooting out of Beasley. Blanks also had little to do with the firing of Alvin Gentry, sources said. Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman, a longtime league executive who has worked for Detroit, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers, is widely regarded as the frontrunner to replace Blanks in Phoenix. ESPN.com

Now that the Suns’ GM job came open this week, the more likely GM candidates are names that are largely to the general fan – Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman and former Indiana GM David Morway, for examples. But Barkley is interested, but not desperate for the job. Barkley has not been contacted by the Suns he did talk Wednesday on Brad Cesmat’s “Pros 2 Preps” show (KGME-AM) and addressed the topic in his usual candid way. Arizona Republic

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General Manager John Hammond wasn’t the only Milwaukee Bucks’ front office official who received a contract extension this week. The Journal Times has learned that Jeff Weltman, the Bucks assistant general manager, also had his contract extended. Weltman’s extension, like that of Hammond, is for three years. Racine Journal-Times

June 26, 2012 Updates

Former Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe is the only candidate to have formally interviewed for the job, according to sources. The club has also had preliminary conversations with Jim Paxson, Larry Harris, Jeff Weltman and Tony DiLeo, according to sources, but the Clippers seem to have turned their focus to Thursday's draft, where they hold the 53rd pick, and free agency. ESPN.com

June 25, 2012 Updates

Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman is drawing consideration from the Los Angeles Clippers for their vacant GM job. Weltman was once the Clippers’ player personnel director and worked in the organization for 13 years. Racine Journal-Times

June 4, 2012 Updates

Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman said several of the players would be considered with the Bucks' second-round pick, the 42nd overall selection in the June 28 draft. "At 42, you don't know what you're going to be picking," Weltman said. "You pick the best player. We have needs on our team, but at 42 you feel like the odds are at a point where you have to go (with the guy) with the strongest likelihood to make the league, play on your team and hopefully address a need." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 23, 2012 Updates

Shake up in Milwaukee coming? "Based on the conversations I've had, you just don't know what's going to happen. I would imagine the Bucks are going to make some major moves. Scott Skiles, John Hammond, I think they're both under the gun at this point." Would Hammond bring director of scouting Billy McKinney and assistant GM Jeff Weltman to Portland? "Those guys are joined at the hip. Billy McKinney and John Hammond grew up together in Illinois. They've been best of friends since they were kids. So that's a given. Weltman has been with John for the last five or six years so I can definitely see that as a scenario." Blazers Edge

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One source said that the Suns have not abandoned their interest in Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman, who according to a Yahoo Sports report last week has withdrawn from consideration to stay with the Bucks. Babby declined comment about his current list of candidates when reached by ESPN.com, saying he does not want to discuss the process until it is complete. ESPN.com

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The Suns also asked to interview Milwaukee Assistant GM Jeff Weltman, and Los Angeles Lakers Assistant GM Ronnie Lester but the Lakers denied permission. Fanhouse.com reported the Suns also interviewed Denver VP of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien. Sarver declined to talk about the GM job other than to say he has six to 10 candidates. Yahoo.com quoted a GM saying, "I think Sarver wants to play Jerry Jones," the Dallas Cowboys owner. "I just want to win games," Sarver said. "In terms of doing the GM-type jobs, we sent an e-mail to all GMs in the league that their contact with us was Alvin Gentry and (Executive Vice President of Finance/Administration) Jim Pitman. Arizona Republic

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