HoopsHype Otis Smith rumors


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``It was just one of those things from (Howard) that I never did understand and I guess some things just aren’t meant for you to understand,’’ Nelson said. ``I just took the approach to play basketball wherever I was. I knew that I was still in Orlando last year for a reason and that the organization still wanted me here. Really, that helped me kind of get over all of the nonsense that was going around.’’ With Howard gone, with Stan Van Gundy having been fired and Otis Smith stepping down, in some ways it’s as if Nelson is one of the Magic’s lone links to the past. Heading into his ninth season, he is the longest-tenured Magic player on the roster. And even though his closest friend on the team (Howard), the coach who developed him into an all-star (Van Gundy) and the GM who pushed him to be a better leader (Smith) are all gone, Nelson would have it no other way than to remain in Orlando. NBA.com

August 10, 2012 Updates

While the Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of landing Dwight Howard, the Chicago Bulls were one of several teams that kept an ongoing dialogue with the Orlando Magic in regards to landing the superstar center, according to a league source. The Bulls, who had conversations regarding a potential deal with former Orlando GM Otis Smith, continued kicking the tires regarding a potential swap with new Magic GM Rob Hennigan after he was hired in late June. ESPN.com

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The Orlando Magic have fired coach Stan Van Gundy after five years as head coach and parted ways with Otis Smith after six years following a tumultuous 2011-2012 season. The team announced the moves in a statement on Monday. Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins announced today that Stan Van Gundy has been relieved of his duties as head coach. In addition President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Otis Smith and the organization have mutually agreed to part ways. CBSSports.com

May 16, 2012 Updates

I think you'll see them let go GM Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy in the next few days. From what I can gather, they've already begun to kick start a search for a new GM. I think it's time for a major change in the front office, but I wonder if they'll be able to find a better coach than Van Gundy. I know he can grate on players, but given the wholesale changes coming in Orlando, he'll have a new group of players to grate on. ESPN.com

I could see them hiring someone like former Knicks GM Donnie Walsh or Pacers GM David Morway there. As for Dwight Howard, I think everyone realizes he's gone sooner or later and the focus will be on how to best rebuild the team. ESPN.com

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

May 14, 2012 Updates

The Magic started zeroing in on possible replacements during the season and league sources believe Smith will be let go in the coming weeks. David Morway, Kevin Pritchard, Jeff Bower, David Griffin, Tony Ronzone and Larry Harris have been mentioned as potential candidates. HoopsWorld

May 10, 2012 Updates

Brian Schmitz: I expect Magic to fire Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith next week. They need to act. Other teams have had head start on coach, GM searches. Twitter

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