HoopsHype Alex Martins rumors

July 21, 2012 Updates

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

May 30, 2012 Updates

According to sources, Orlando CEO Alex Martins will interview former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower on Thursday. It is believed that Martins is traveling to visit with candidates as opposed to having them come to Orlando, and that meeting is likely in Bowers' New Orleans locale. SI.com

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