General Manager John Hammond wasn’t the only Milwaukee Bucks’ front office official who received a contract extension this week.
The Journal Times has learned that Jeff Weltman, the Bucks assistant general manager, also had his contract extended.
Weltman’s extension, like that of Hammond, is for three years.
Hammond and Weltman have worked rather closely for the last six years. They worked together in Detroit when Hammond was the Pistons assistant general manager and Weltman was the director of Basketball Administration.
When Hammond was hired as the Bucks general manager on April 11, 2008, he hired Weltman one week later.
During his tenure with the Bucks, Weltman has been keenly involved in every single basketball decision, including trades, free-agent signings and draft selections.
Weltman got an up-close and personal look at the inner workings of a professional basketball team as a young man. His father, Harry, served as the general manager of the Spirits of St. Louis of the old American Basketball Association and later was the GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Weltman has repeatedly said he’s quite comfortable working with the Bucks, although in recent years two teams – the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers – expressed interest in hiring him as their general manager.
Neither Weltman nor Hammond would comment on Weltman’s extension.