John Hammond Rumors
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.
Momentum had seemed to stall for Jason Kidd after he was originally linked to Boston and Lillard went on record vouching for him in Portland, but the Lakers assistant’s name has surfaced more and more in conversations about Orlando’s opening. League sources have cited a connection to Magic general manager John Hammond, who hired Kidd to coach Milwaukee back in 2014.
Organizationally, I asked? “Yeah, organizationally, in terms of the plan,” Gordon continued. “I think (Magic front office executives) John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, those guys are amazing people — amazing people, and very talented managers as well. But I feel like they got kind of cast into the revolving door out there as well in Orlando. So many coaches — five coaches in seven years (Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles, Frank Vogel and Steve Clifford). And it was kind of a different organization after the passing of Mr. (Rich) DeVos (in September 2018) as well. It was just a lot. A lot of uncertainty, an insecure kind of feeling. But I have no doubt in my mind that John and Jeff are going to get that organization back to where it needs to be.
The 2020 NBA draft is as unpredictable as can be. Rumors are all over the place, and teams are trying to trade up, down, or completely out. League sources say both the Celtics and Magic are trying to move up into the mid-lottery using their own first-round picks, and the Wizards are angling to move up from no. 9.