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Jeff Weltman Rumors

Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced a series of basketball operations promotions today. Pete D’Alessandro, who joined the Magic in 2017, has been promoted to associate general manager. David Bencs has been elevated to an assistant general manager. Adetunji Adedipe has been promoted to vice president of player personnel. Stephen Mervis has been promoted to vice president of basketball strategy & evaluation. Larry Thompson has been promoted to vice president of security. Kevin Tiller has been named the general manager of the Lakeland Magic.
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Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic spent time with Banchero during the NBA’s mid-May draft combine in Chicago. “We’ve seen Paolo so many times,” Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel. “We’ve had so many touch points with him. We got to spend a lot of time with him in different facets. We got all of the data points we asked him to provide for us. We had everything we needed to feel we’re making a well-rounded decision.”

Jabari Smith remains favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall

As far as I can tell, as of Wednesday morning, Jabari Smith remains the favorite to come off the board at No. 1 to Orlando. Due to the silence the Magic have successfully projected to the rest of the NBA, this can’t be treated as an absolute certainty, but it’s become a strong hunch shared by most around the league. Magic boss Jeff Weltman is thought by many to have a soft spot for Chet Holmgren, but most expect Orlando will land on Smith, who for what it’s worth is my top-rated prospect and the player I’d take at No. 1.