John Hammond Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Orlando Magic have extended the contracts of President Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond through the 2025-2026 seasons, sources tell ESPN.
Real-life brothers Uche Agada and Ral Agada will play young Giannis and Thanasis, with Jaden Osimuwa and Elijah Shomanke as their other brothers, Kostas and Alex, respectively. Dayo Okeniyi (“Emperor,” “Shades of Blue”) and Yetide Badaki (“American Gods,” “This is Us”) play their parents Charles and Vera. Among the other characters mentioned in Disney’s announcement, John Hammond, the Bucks general manager who drafted Giannis, will be played by Taylor Nichols (“PEN15,” “Perry Mason”).
He was impressive, always working, always listening, living on cheap food and trying desperately to stay in the NBA even though he had an offer for a managerial job at FedEx. Eventually, John Hammond left Detroit for Milwaukee, brought Horst with him … “And the rest is history,” Pleasant said.
Michael Scotto: Giannis Antetokounmpo: “John Hammond drafted me, believed in me, believed in my family, brought them over here. He made me feel comfortable. He made me feel like I was his son when I was homesick and alone in the hotel.” He also thanked Larry Drew, Jason Kidd & Mike Budenholzer.
Weltman and general manager John Hammond each have one year remaining on their contracts, but most league insiders believe it is a foregone conclusion that Magic CEO Alex Martins and the franchise owners, the DeVos family, will extend those contracts or sign Weltman and Hammond to new deals. If Martins and the DeVos family didn’t have full faith in Weltman and Hammond, then they never would have gone along with the risky plan to rebuild the team from the ground up. Some league insiders believe the length of Weltman’s and Hammond’s new deals will align exactly with the contract Mosley is expected to sign. In other words, if Weltman and Hammond have two years added to their existing deals (giving them three more years in total), then Mosley would receive a three-year contract. And so on.
In his first interview since his surprising departure as the Magic’s head coach last month, Clifford says he has no ill will whatsoever over the philosophical differences with Magic management and the mutual parting of the ways. In fact, he praised his working relationship with Jeff Weltman, the Magic’s president of basketball operations, and team general manager John Hammond.