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May 23, 2015 Updates

But this delay isn't some leverage ploy or negotiating tactic. If the Bulls, whose second-round pick coincidentally is headed to the Magic, wanted a second-round pick, they would buy one. This is, after all, a franchise that ponied up $3 million to move up and acquire Luol Deng's draft rights in 2004 and paid an undisclosed amount to do the same for Nikola Mirotic in 2011. No, this decision is way above getting, say, a second-round pick from the Pelicans or Magic. Especially because sources indicate the Magic's interest in Thibodeau has been way overstated, if not nonexistent to this point. And Yahoo Sports reported the Pelicans' interest in Thibodeau lies more with team President Mickey Loomis than general manager Dell Demps, who, the website reported, fired strong-willed coach Monty Williams in part over internal battles. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: Reported yesterday that Magic interest in Thibodeau has been overstated. Could be Bulls or bust, as in take year off. Stay tuned. Twitter @KCJHoop

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Hennigan echoed those thoughts and heaped praise for the past success onto Lloyd, the Magic’s Director of Scouting. In addition to working through the process of hiring a new coach, Hennigan and his staff will soon start bringing potential draft targets into the Magic’s headquarters at the Amway Center for interviews and workouts. Hennigan feels with the addition of a full-time coach, another top-five pick and the solid talent base already in place, there is plenty to be excited about in the seasons ahead. ``This (time) is very big because it’s our job to make sure that we know these players inside and out, and we’ll used the next five or six weeks to button up any holes in our research that we might have,’’ Hennigan said. ``We’ve got a lot of guys coming back. We’ve got to find a coach and the fifth pick will certainly add to our talent base. It’s up to us to make sure that the pieces fit and continue to push forward.’’ NBA.com

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"We were able to get [to speak with] a lot of players that we have a lot of interest in," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "However, I wouldn't say there was a specific position we were targeting. The targets were based on the players we wanted to learn more about as we watched them throughout the season. I think that the meetings and interviews were highly productive, as they usually are," Hennigan added. "We had a chance to meet with a varied number of prospects and had a chance to spend some quality time with them and really dive into their personal story and how they see themselves and what their goals are moving forward. So I think it provided a steady baseline for us to continue to build upon over the next six weeks until the draft." Orlando Sentinel

Justise Winslow, a wing who helped lead Duke to the national title last month, said he interviewed with the Magic during the combine. How did the conversation go? "It was very good," said Winslow, who is widely expected to be a top-six pick. "I really like their group, a young nucleus. ... It's a fun group, a fun city. The meeting went really well. We just talked about different things, picking at my brain on and off the court. So it was a very interesting meeting." Orlando Sentinel


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


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