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May 5, 2015 Updates

Yes, the Bulls have a real good shot now. And the best chance that they'll ever have to win a title here would be with Thibodeau – as terrific of a coach as Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, management's choice to ultimately be the replacement. The Orlando Magic are waiting to watch what happens at season's end, league sources said, waiting to see how the team and coach dissolve the remaining two years on his contract and separate. Yahoo! Sports

May 4, 2015 Updates

Even if that requires accepting a reduction in minutes to let Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton get a better feel for one another, Green appears willing to oblige. "I'm definitely open to being back here in Orlando," he said. I like the foundation that the team has. "I like our young fellas, and I think I can help them on and off the floor. So if that possibility is open, then I'm definitely open to exploring it." FoxSports.com

May 2, 2015 Updates

But many league observers think there are valid reasons for the seemingly slow pace of the Magic's coaching search. The theory mentioned most often revolves around current Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. The league observers speculate that the Magic want to see whether the Bulls and Thibodeau will part ways after the Bulls conclude their playoff run. Orlando Sentinel

League observers caution that Thibodeau's hire by the Magic would not be a given even if Thibodeau becomes a coaching free agent. Indeed, there are two potential candidates with extensive head-coaching résumés who have strong ties to the Magic. Orlando Sentinel

May 1, 2015 Updates
April 30, 2015 Updates

In an endorsement of the team's current rebuilding plan, the Orlando Magic have finalized a contract extension for general manager Rob Hennigan that will run through the 2017-18 season. The Magic have compiled a 68-178 record during Hennigan’s three seasons as general manager, including a disappointing 25-57 record during the recently concluded 2014-15 season. Orlando Sentinel

On April 16, Hennigan was asked about a potential extension, and he said, “What I can tell you is I love working here. It’s a pleasure to work here. It’s an honor to work for the DeVos family and under [CEO] Alex [Martins’] leadership, and I’m happy to be here as long as they want to keep me here.” Now, Hennigan must confront another key decision. The Magic have yet to fill their vacant permanent head-coaching job. That process is still in its early stages. Orlando Sentinel

April 25, 2015 Updates

As the series renders Valanciunas’s skill set less than integral, though, it is difficult not to project forward a bit. The Raptors can offer Valanciunas a contract extension any time before Oct. 31. The obvious reference point would be the four-year, US$53-million contract the Magic gave Nikola Vucevic in the off-season. Vucevic is a worse rim protector than Valanciunas is, but they are similarly limited defensively. National Post

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

According to league sources close to both situations, the Magic have not held talks – informal or otherwise – with anyone and while Scott Skiles is still very interested in coaching in the NBA, he is not actively seeking or campaigning for a job anywhere, including Orlando. The other narrative that’s been talked about a lot (including here) is the notion that wherever Skiles coaches next he would seek oversight of basketball operations; however, that too has been squashed by sources close to the situation, saying that having power or control is not a pre-requisite to accepting a job. Basketball Insiders

April 22, 2015 Updates

The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are the only NBA teams currently employing an interim coach, but sources say both of those clubs plan to have Donovan on their list of targets once they began more expansive coaching searches after completing their respective regular-season schedules in April. Donovan is also likely to be pursued by teams that make changes after the regular season or playoffs. ESPN.com


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


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