HoopsHype Alex Martins rumors


August 13, 2012 Updates

"We certainly wish Dwight well and congratulate him on all his achievements in Orlando," Martins wrote in the letter. "The Magic posted the fourth best record in the NBA over the last five years, trailing just the L.A. Lakers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs. Dwight was a six-time All-Star and named All-NBA First Team each of the last five years, while also finishing as the Most Valuable Player runner-up in 2011. His popularity in Orlando was certainly unprecedented and we thank him for being a part of Magic history." Orlando Sentinel

August 10, 2012 Updates
August 9, 2012 Updates

I spoke with Magic CEO Alex Martins two days ago about the Dwight Howard situation, & he had the following to say. I share this now, of course, since Yahoo! is reporting four-way Howard talks with Orlando, the Lakers, Philly and Denver. Martins. I had asked Martins about the recent assertion in the media that the Magic were changing their wish list in a possible deal and unclear what they wanted. Sulia

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The Orlando Magic's search for a new head coach is entering its final phase. San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, widely presumed to be front-runner for the job, met with Magic CEO Alex Martins on Friday in Las Vegas for a second-round interview. "We're not going to comment on the process and where it stands," Martins told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday. Orlando Sentinel

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan conducted first-round interviews with six candidates and whittled the field down to three: Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and Vaughn. Martins was going to conduct the second-round interviews and then narrow the list to one or two finalists for meetings with the DeVos family. Orlando Sentinel

The Spurs found out during Friday morning's shootaround there would be a coaching change for their game against the Miami Heat that night as Austin Toros assistant coach Taylor Jenkins would replace Jacque Vaughn as the team's leader. Though there's nothing official to report, word out of San Antonio camp is Vaughn was in discussions with Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins on Friday and is perhaps the front-runner for the team's head coaching job. Pounding the Rock

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For the past few days, Phil Jackson was interested in the possibility of joining the Magic's front office. Then, late Thursday afternoon, Jackson bowed out. Magic CEO Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson. "It drew some interest from Phil," Vincent said. "But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity." Orlando Sentinel

Jackson is apparently headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out here before Martins had a chance to run it by owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson's exit Thursday, but would not comment. "Not because of this specific situation, but because I have been consistent during the search that I won't comment on specific candidates," Martins said in an e-mail. "I stand by my statement that we will put a premium on searching for Championship experience in the positions within in our search." Orlando Sentinel

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