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Weltman Named Assistant GM

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Jeff Weltman was named the team's assistant general manager by John Hammond on Friday, according to JS Online's Charles Gardner.

In Detroit, Weltman was responsible for coordinating the team's draft preparation, scouting efforts and free-agent visits.

"Jeff is a hard-working and respected NBA front-office executive," Hammond said. "He has a keen eye for talent, a tireless work ethic and a strong knowledge of the league's salary cap structure."

The Hammond Era is off to a fast start, with the new general manager quickly revamping the structure of the club, a process that started with the firing of Coach Krystkowiak.

The addition of Weltman is significant in part because he worked with Hammond in Detroit, another indication that Hammond will exert more power and influence than Larry Harris ever did. The changing of the guard is in full swing in Milwaukee, and so far it's encouraging. The next step remains finding a new coach, with Scott Skiles and Rick Carlisle remaining among the top contenders.

Weltman, who worked for the Clippers and Nuggets before serving as the director of basketball administration the Pistons, also contributed to ESPN.com as a Scouts Inc. NBA Analyst.