When I heard in the Arizona Republic Paul Coro’s latest article that the Milwaukee Bucks’ assistant general manager, Jeff Weltman, was the leading candidate for the GM vacancy in Phoenix, I was a bit skeptical.
I mean . . . the Bucks? They haven’t drafted particularly well recently. Other than the great value of Larry Sanders 15th in the first round of the 2010 draft and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as the seventh pick the second round in 2008, there hasn’t been any real value taken from the draft.
Also, what impact players have they gotten in trades or free agency? Only Monta Ellis (who is practically the same player as Brandon Jennings, their point guard) in a trade for Andrew Bogut, who when he’s not injured is helping the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.
Where are the Bucks? Oh, that’s right just got swept by Miami by double-digits in every game . . . well, actually can’t blame them for that too much. Almost every team could get swept by Miami, especially if your record going into the playoffs was under .500, but you made the postseason anyway, because you played in the horribly top-heavy Eastern Conference.
So, I was critical of a hire by the Suns for a high-ranking position within the organization from the most “blah” team in the league. However, the 48-year-old brings some qualities that Phoenix desperately needs.
In Coro’s article he says, “In Milwaukee, Weltman is in on trades, drafts and free agents and is known for keen talent evaluation.”
That is what the Suns need, especially in these next couple years. Phoenix can’t afford to whiff on the multiple first-round picks they will have in the coming years.
Other candidates that President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby is interviewing are either GMs or assistant GMs from the Pacers, Celtics and Spurs.