HoopsHype Jacque Vaughn rumors

July 30, 2012 Updates
July 28, 2012 Updates

"We are beyond excited to name Jacque Vaughn as our head coach,” Hennigan said. “As we navigated through our coaching search, we quickly saw that Jacque's spirit and leadership strengths made him the clear choice. We are confident that his diligence, attention to detail and communication style will help establish the bedrock of our culture moving forward. His commitment and passion to building a sustainable program will help steer our organization for years to come." NBA.com

When the Orlando Magic were interviewing candidates to become the team’s next general manager more than a month ago, Jacque Vaughn’s name repeatedly kept surfacing as a potential next head coach. NBA.com

Vaughn, 37, is widely viewed within NBA circles as bright, hard-working and organized. But, at the same time, some league insiders have noted that he brings limited coaching experience. After retiring as a player in 2009, Vaughn was hired in 2010 as an assistant coach with the Spurs, where he worked under Gregg Popovich. In San Antonio, Vaughn had the same duties as the team’s top three assistant coaches: Mike Budenholzer, Don Newman and Brett Brown. All four of them scouted future opponents, helped run practices and had other responsibilities. Still, league rules allow only three assistant coaches on the bench during games, and Budenholzer, Newman and Brown — all longer-tenured — occupied those seats. Meanwhile, Vaughn sat directly behind the bench. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan also conducted first-round interviews with Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek, Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Michael Malone, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw. Orlando Sentinel

July 25, 2012 Updates
July 23, 2012 Updates

While the angst between the Magic and Howard is real and sizable, the franchise also realizes that Howard is fickle, impressionable and prone to change his mind. When Howard first requested a trade to the Nets this past December, it seemed unfathomable that he would waive his opt-out clause. But that's exactly what he did in March. So with a new front office and soon a new head coach -- widely expected to be Jacque Vaughn -- the Magic may believe Howard could change his mind again before next season's trade deadline. ESPN.com

July 22, 2012 Updates
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

If Jacque Vaughn is named Orlando coach, he would become the fifth active NBA coach to coach a team he once played for. The other four currently in place with that distinction: Philadelphia's Doug Collins, Utah's Tyrone Corbin, Milwaukee's Scott Skiles, New York's Mike Woodson. Sulia

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