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April 16, 2015 Updates

Although the Orlando Magic's coaching search will focus on a handful of candidates with extensive head-coaching experience, general manager Rob Hennigan said Thursday that James Borrego will be interviewed for the job. Borrego guided the Magic to a 10-20 finish after team officials appointed him interim head coach after Jacque Vaughn's dismissal on Feb. 5. Orlando Sentinel

Magic officials have not held talks with any coaching candidates yet, Hennigan and league sources said. The team also is unlikely to speak with potential hires on Friday because CEO Alex Martins is attending the NBA's Board of Governors meetings in New York. But even though Hennigan is keeping mum about the details of the search — Hennigan on Thursday even declined to name the characteristics the team will seek in its eventual hire — the Magic's clear preference is to find a seasoned head coach. Orlando Sentinel

The Magic’s summer league team will include two of the five players who started in the season finale Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Aaron Gordon will be asked to play in the annual Orlando Pro Summer League, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. It’s possible that Payton and Gordon will not play in all of the Magic’s summer-league games. Orlando Sentinel

The Magic also expect to have swingman Devyn Marble and the team’s upcoming first-round draft pick participate in summer-league play. To be available to play, Marble must heal fully from a detached retina and a subsequent surgery in March to repair the damage. Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Magic interim coach James Borrego and Denver Nuggets counterpart Melvin Hunt worked their final games in charge Wednesday night before their two teams formally launch coaching searches, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com this week that neither Orlando nor Denver, at this point, is expected to make their interim coach full-time, with both clubs interested in pursuing full-time successors to the ousted Jacque Vaughn and Brian Shaw from outside their respective organizations. ESPN.com

The Magic, sources say, have already held informal discussions about the position with former Orlando fan favorite Scott Skiles and rate the ex-Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks coach as a serious candidate for the job. ESPN.com

Magic officials have maintained since firing Vaughn that Borrego will get a chance to interview for the full-time post, but Martins did hint at the club's interest in veteran leadership Wednesday night during the final broadcast of the season on Fox Sports Orlando, saying: "We want to find the right, experienced coach for this group." In addition to Skiles, sources say that the Magic also have interest in both Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau -- who is widely expected to part company with the Bulls at season's end -- as well as Florida coach Billy Donovan. ESPN.com

April 15, 2015 Updates

The Magic should hire Michael Malone. And I'm told through the vine that he's interested in the job. Malone, 44, coached the Sacramento Kings for a year and change, but don't hold that against him. He won over unpredictable star DeMarcus Cousins — something few, if any, coach in Cousins' career can say. Orlando Sentinel

Malone was surprisingly fired last December over what Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro called philosophical differences over the team's style of play. Hmmmm. The Kings eventually hired venerable George Karl. What should get the Magic's attention despite Malone's 39-67 record with Sac-Town: D'Alessandro called Malone "a great defensive coach." And there's this from a current NBA coach regarding Malone: "He's a good coach. Very good." The coaching hire is the most critical decision the Magic will make this offseason, sending a young, impressionable team in a new direction again. Orlando Sentinel

April 14, 2015 Updates

Kyle O'Quinn's minutes have disappeared in recent weeks, but the Magic still intend to issue him a qualifying offer in order to make him a restricted free agent in July, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. O'Quinn's playing time started to diminish shortly after Jacque Vaughn was fired and replaced on an interim basis by Borrego on Feb. 5. Orlando Sentinel

Borrego and the Magic headed into Monday’s penultimate game at 10-18, having beaten playoff contenders such as Chicago, Portland, Boston, Milwaukee and New Orleans. And to further illustrate how the players have responded to Borrego calm, but firm ways, the Magic have had the lead in the fourth quarter in 18 of the 28 games. ``I absolutely believe that I can do this,’’ Borrego said. ``My confidence is very high and this position has forced me to get there. Give our players credit and our staff credit because they have helped me get through this. ``My focus has always been on the players. From the minute that I took over, it’s been about the players and doing whatever I can to help them,’’ Borrego continued. ``Through that process I had to grow and build a strength and a confidence about myself as a person and a coach. I’ve found that. I’m a ways from where I want to be, but I’m closer than I’ve ever been.’’ NBA.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN MAGIC HISTORY

Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.

   

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