Troy Weaver Rumors
It starts with a blue-collar approach that makes no room for excuses or complaints. It requires embracing the community and understanding the team’s role in it. It mandates you believe and buy in to a team philosophy and put aside individual goals for the greater good. “You can’t have an ego,” Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver told The Oklahoman earlier this month about working in the organization. Added director of basketball operations Paul Rivers: “Egos, it just doesn’t work here. You won’t survive. That’ll be your fastest way out the door.”
League sources told CBSSports.com that one of the possibilities that Leiweke has identified is teaming Pritchard with Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver, whose name has been attached to several front-office searches in the past two years. It is unclear whether the Raptors have reached out to the Thunder to ask permission to interview Weaver, though it is highly unlikely that Oklahoma City would grant permission for Weaver to entertain a lateral move.
And some sources are quick to suggest it’s not just a matter of finalizing a contract with the 43-year-old Ujiri, whose contract with the Nuggets expires this year. New MLSE chief executive officer Tim Leiweke, who will make the final decision on Colangelo’s replacement, may be looking to make an even bigger splash with his first hire on the job. However, the list of potential candidates doesn’t suggest there’s going to be much of a “wow” factor to the new front office addition. The only other outside names that have been mentioned privately in NBA circles are Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard and Troy Weaver of the Oklahoma City Thunder, both solid front office personnel but hardly the kind of ‘rock star’ hire many expected Leiweke would be able to pull off.
Babby would like for the Suns to tab a new GM before addressing the coaching situation, although he did call interim head coach Lindsey Hunter “a good strong candidate.” The GM search began this week with the Suns considering Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman (a finalist in 2010 when Blanks was hired), former Indiana Pacers GM and Arizona graduate David Morway and former Lakers assistant GM Ronnie Lester. Assistant GMs Ryan McDonough (Boston), Wes Wilcox (Atlanta) and Troy Weaver (Oklahoma City) are potential candidates too.
If the new Seattle group ultimately searches for lower-profile candidates with strong player personnel backgrounds, Boston assistant GM Ryan McDonough, who had a significant hand in the drafting of Rajon Rondo and Al Jefferson, and Oklahoma City’s Troy Weaver, whose draft résumé includes Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, could surface as candidates.
Adrian Wojnarowski: OKC executive Troy Weaver was No. 1 target for Jazz GM job, but decided to staying w/ Thunder, sources tell Y! He had worked under O’Connor.
Coach Scott Brooks is still apart with management on a new contract, and two of the front office’s top executives, Troy Weaver and Rob Hennigan, are in demand for general manager openings.
NBA insiders are stunned by the absence of Oklahoma City assistant general manager Troy Weaver as a finalist for the opening in Orlando. Weaver has been in the Thunder front office for five years and is considered one of the top young executives in the league. Weaver was briefly a candidate before owner Rich DeVos narrowed the choices to San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Oklahoma City executive Ron Hennigan, and former New Orleans GM Jeff Bower.
Potential candidates, according to league sources, include San Antonio vice president of operations Danny Ferry; Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey; Jeff Bower, who was a general manager for the New Orleans Hornets; Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver; Atlanta GM Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of June; and Milwaukee GM John Hammond, who has a year remaining on his deal. Hammond, who was denied permission to talk to Portland last month, was an assistant coach for Doug Collins with Detroit. The Sixers’ interview group consists of owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron, Collins and Thorn, a source said.
According to sources the Orlando Magic are expected to put together a list of finalists for their general manager position by next weekend. Former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, former Portland Trail Blazers vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver are all under consideration.
Steve Kyler: Another source was far more confident saying DeVos family will interview Troy Weaver, Dennis Lindsey and Tom Penn this week
The Magic’s list of general manager candidates remains at five: former Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard, Oklahoma City assistant general manager Troy Weaver, Thunder assistant general manager Rob Hennigan, Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey and former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower. Former Pacers and Knicks executive Donnie Walsh had been on the list, but Walsh removed himself from consideration last week.
Although Martins will not comment about the process, it appears that he has conducted initial interviews with six candidates and has no more interviews scheduled. Martins has shown interest in former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, San Antonio Spurs vice president/assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, Oklahoma City Thunder vice president/assistant general manager Troy Weaver, Thunder assistant GM Rob Hennigan and Indiana Pacers director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard. In addition, CBSSports.com reported that Martins has met with former Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn.
The Magic are nearing the end to their search for a new general manager, but sources say there’s no clear frontrunner. The finalists are believed to be San Antonio vice president and assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower, Oklahoma City executives Troy Weaver and Rob Hennigan, and former Portland general manager and Indiana executive Kevin Pritchard.
Sources confirmed a Yahoo! report that Spurs vice president and assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey is a serious candidate, as well as Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and fellow Thunder assistant general manager Rob Hennigan. The ties between San Antonio and Oklahoma City run deep, as Thunder general manager and former Spurs assistant general manager Sam Presti has created a near-identical culture and used a similar roster-building strategy with his team.
Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and Orlando has been granted permission to talk with Weaver, sources said. The Spurs’ OK of permission for Lindsey is imminent, sources said.
The Blazers are trying to solidify their basketball operations after firing two GMs – Kevin Pritchard and Cho – in consecutive years. Pritchard was considered too brash for owner Paul Allen, and Cho was considered too reticent. Blazers executive Chad Buchanan had served as an interim GM through the June draft, but recently withdrew from consideration for the permanent job. He’s expected to stay on the staff of the new GM.
The Portland Trail Blazers have started the interview process for their vacant general manager’s job, meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver in Portland on Thursday, NBA front-offices sources told Yahoo! Sports.