Jeff Weltman was perfectly content as the general manager of the Toronto Raptors two weeks ago. A call from Orlando Magic president Alex Martins, however, convinced the veteran NBA executive to step out of his comfort zone and accept the challenging task of rebuilding a struggling franchise. Weltman was hired this week as the Magic's new president of basketball operations and Wednesday was formally introduced by the team.
It’s not quite breaking up the Beatles, but dissolving the partnership between Raptors president Masai Ujiri and his trusted general manager Jeff Weltman will leave a tremendous hole in the inner workings of the Toronto Raptors. Weltman gave Ujiri his first full-time job in the NBA. Ujiri got to the GM level sooner and had it written into his contract when he arrived in Toronto that he could hire Weltman away from the Milwaukee Bucks. Throughout the pair’s time together in Toronto, Ujiri knew the day would eventually arrive when the two would be split up again. That day arrived on Tuesday, when the Orlando Magic came calling with the opportunity for Weltman to run his own team. “I think he has
Toronto FC has joined the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs in selling out its allotment of season tickets. The Major League Soccer club said this week that its season tickets for the 2017 season were capped and sold out at 21,000. It's the same story at the Leafs (16,000 season tickets this season) and Raptors (14,500), which are also owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. TFC is able to sell more season tickets because BMO Field is bigger than the Air Canada Centre.