HoopsHype Otis Smith rumors

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

May 9, 2012 Updates

Adonal Foyle: Further Otis is my friend and mentor and I would never disrespect him in this manner. As Dir. of Player Dev - I have lots of work to do yet. Twitter

The Orlando Magic's co-captain and starting point guard must make a decision whether invoke his player option for the 2012-13 season, and General Manager Otis Smith said that Nelson is contractually obligated to make his choice known within three days of the Magic's final postseason game. "I can't make the decision until some other decisions are made around here," Nelson said. "I want to be here in the Orlando Magic uniform. I love being here. I love being in the city." Orlando Sentinel

"I'm a Jameer Nelson fan," Smith said. "I've always been a Jameer Nelson fan since probably his sophomore year in college. That hasn't changed. What he's able to do on the floor probably puts him in the top tier of point guards in this league. We'd like to keep him around the franchise as long as we can keep him around the franchise." Orlando Sentinel

Otis Smith said Tuesday night he hasn't given extensive thought about whether he even wants to return as the Orlando Magic's general manager for the 2012-13 season. Asked before Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse whether he wants to come back for next season, Smith answered, "I haven't gotten into it. I'll have a conversation with a few people following the end of the season, and we'll see where we go from there." Orlando Sentinel

May 1, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith will travel to the Los Angeles area Tuesday and visit with Dwight Howard, who is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, both Smith and Magic CEO Alex Martins said. "The intent is to check in, see how he's doing, both from his rehab as well as his spirits, to see him in-person," Martins said before the Magic faced the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the teams' playoff series Monday. "We've been communicating with him via phone and text, but it's just an opportunity for us to see how he's doing." Orlando Sentinel

Smith will spend about 24 hours in L.A., and he plans to return to Orlando in time for Game 3 Wednesday night at Amway Center. "They're all my kids," Smith said of his players. "I've got one of them that's not with the team, that you want to have with the team that's injured, that's down. So you've got to go see him. You've got to pep him up a little bit and tell him he's doing the right thing by his body. "He can't travel and he can't do much," Smith added. "His doctor's orders and pretty much our orders are to get his back right. He can't do anything for anybody at this point in time, so he has to get right." Orlando Sentinel

April 21, 2012 Updates
April 16, 2012 Updates

Dwight Howard will rest his injured back for the next 10 days and then will be reevaluated, Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith said Sunday. Smith acknowledged that there is no guarantee that Howard, who has a herniated disk in his lower back and has suffered from persistent back spasms, will be available when the playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 28. “It's not up to me,” Smith said before the Magic faced the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. “His body's going to have to pretty much tell us if he can go or not.” Orlando Sentinel

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