HoopsHype Alex Martins rumors

May 29, 2012 Updates

Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday criticized the Orlando Magic for firing his older brother, Stan Van Gundy. Speaking on a teleconference with reporters to promote ESPN’s coverage of the Eastern Conference finals, Jeff Van Gundy was asked about recent comments he made in which he was critical of Magic CEO Alex Martins. “I know that in the three years before Stan came to Orlando, Dwight Howard had never had a winning record and he had never won a playoff game and he’d never been the Defensive Player of the Year,” Jeff responded. “He’d never been an All-NBA player. So I know all those things. “Listen, teams have the right to change coaches. . . . Every coach has been through it except for the very few lucky ones. But there is a manner in which you go about changing that shows you have a dignity and an integrity about you. Their callous disregard for what Stan helped them to do — winning more playoff series in his five years and they have had in the entire time they’ve been a franchise. Add into that that he’s my brother? Sure, it impacted my comments. Orlando Sentinel

May 25, 2012 Updates

Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday that he expects to begin interviewing candidates next week. Time is of the essence, because the Magic's new head of basketball operations will spearhead the search for a new head coach and because the NBA draft looms on June 28. Orlando Sentinel

Martins has identified championship experience as a "plus" for candidates, and CBSSports.com predicted that the Magic would seek to interview Mitch Kupchak, the current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other potential candidates include former Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks executive Donnie Walsh, former New Orleans Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower, Pacers General Manager David Morway, Pacers Director of Player Personnel Kevin Pritchard and Boston Celtics Assistant General Manager Ryan McDonough. Orlando Sentinel

May 24, 2012 Updates
May 21, 2012 Updates

Royce Young: "Dwight Howard never asked me to fire Stan Van Gundy." -Alex Martins. So SVG was just making that stuff up, is what he's saying. Nice. Twitter

May 16, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said Tuesday night that his evaluation process of the team’s basketball operations department is still ongoing. “No decisions have been reached,” Martins told the Orlando Sentinel via text message. Orlando Sentinel

Martins and Chairman Dan DeVos have said team officials evaluate the performance of the basketball-operations department and other areas within the organization after every season. But the status of Otis Smith, the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager, and coach Stan Van Gundy are in doubt. Smith reportedly will meet with team officials Wednesday. Orlando Sentinel

April 6, 2012 Updates
April 5, 2012 Updates

“Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control. I am a player for the Magic,” he said. “I am not the GM. I am not [team owner] Rich DeVos. I am not [CEO] Alex Martins. So that’s not my job. So you guys should stop with every other week it’s trying to find something, because there’s nothing. There’s nothing. I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything. Our main concern is winning. So all the other stuff should stop.” Whatever, Van Gundy, by coming forward Thursday, made it impossible to believe there is “nothing.” He made it clear that if he were to be fired at some point that Howard had something to do with it. Orlando Sentinel

April 4, 2012 Updates

Both Van Gundy and Smith are under contract through 2012-13. Martins insists that he did not make any specific promises to Howard to convince Howard to waive his early-termination option. "Nothing specific has been pledged," Martins said. "The conversations all centered around wanting the same thing, and that's to win a championship, and the only pledge made is that we will do what it takes to win a championship. "Rumors happen in our league every single day, and coaches and players work through those rumors. I think, as I've said several times, that our coaches and our players have done an incredibly commendable job working through every rumor that we've had this season, every speculation that we've had this season, every concern about whether a specific player would be traded or not traded. For us to have the fifth-best record in the NBA [at the trade deadline] with all that swirling around, to me, is a great testament to our coaches and our players." Orlando Sentinel

March 15, 2012 Updates

Magic executives, including CEO Alex Martins, GM Otis Smith and owner Rich DeVos, were expecting Howard to lead off the conversation Wednesday night -- hours after Howard had informed a high-ranking team official that he wanted to sign the ETO waiver, commit to Orlando and not be traded. But when the Magic officials got on the call, the first voice they heard was Fegan's, according to a person who was briefed on the call. Fegan spoke for about 10 minutes, the person said, informing team officials that Howard was not willing to relinquish his ability to become a free agent after the season. When it was Howard's turn, all he could muster was a plea for DeVos and the Magic brass to "trust" that things would work out. "Then you're watching the game," a person familiar with the chronology of events said, "and you're thinking, 'Oh my God, this is his last game.' " CBSSports.com

March 14, 2012 Updates

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