HoopsHype Alex Martins rumors


October 15, 2012 Updates

I don't know what new General Manager Rob Hennigan or CEO Alex Martins said to Big Baby and teammates, whether they threatened to evoke a curfew or trade anybody who causes a stir to Milwaukee. (The club's D-League affiliate is Sioux Falls, by the way.) Whatever – and it's taken some getting used to — but the Magic look like a totally professional organization again. The Magic and owner Rich DeVos were so embarrassed and humiliated by all the Howard-related antics that they cleaned house and maybe tented the arena for fumigation. There will be no airing of dirty — or slightly soiled — laundry. Opinions and tongues will be held in check. Requesting a trade? Fill out a form. Orlando Sentinel

August 13, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins told fans the franchise did everything possible to hold on to disgruntled All-Star center Dwight Howard. "We had extensive conversations in regard to his future in Orlando, exhausting all possible options," Martins wrote about Howard in a letter emailed to Magic season ticket holders Monday afternoon. "At the end of the day, we were not able to receive a commitment from him beyond this season." Orlando Sentinel

"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

July 27, 2012 Updates
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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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The source with knowledge of Orlando's search said that Vincent, the former Magic player and Bobcats head coach, met with Orlando CEO Alex Martins, who is heading the GM search, last Thursday. Vincent, according to the source, said he had "a big idea" and could "deliver" Jackson to Orlando. But, the Musburgers said Wednesday, Vincent hadn't discussed the proposal with Jackson or with his agents. NBA.com

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