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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

May 16, 2015 Updates

"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

The expectation throughout NBA circles is that the Bulls and their coach, Tom Thibodeau, are eager to part ways. NBA insiders also think the Magic would like to talk to Thibodeau about their coaching vacancy. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan is not commenting about his team's coaching search, but league sources said the Magic haven't reached out to potential candidates. Orlando Sentinel

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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 21, 2015 Updates

The problem with Skiles as a hire, is that those close to the process say he’d want final say over personnel decisions, after a couple of rough front office situations in his past. Skiles doesn’t necessarily want current Magic GM Rob Hennigan out; sources say he simply wants approval over roster moves, something that Martins is currently doing now. Basketball Insiders

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The Orlando Magic soon will seek to extend general manager Rob Hennigan's contract beyond the 2015-16 season, an industry source with knowledge of the team's plans told the Orlando Sentinel. The DeVos family and CEO Alex Martins are pleased with the job Hennigan has done since Hennigan was hired in June 2012. Martins, who would not comment for this article, likes to maintain continuity in key leadership positions. Martins also believes it's dangerous to have a key executive work in the final season of a contract because uncertainty about job status can prompt an executive to make risky decisions for short-term gains. When the team originally hired Hennigan, it signed him to a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year. Last May, the team exercised its option for the 2015-16 season. Orlando Sentinel

Extension talks between the Magic and Hennigan or Hennigan's agent likely will occur after this season ends on April 15. Hennigan, who would not comment for this piece, is believed to want to remain with the team for the long term. Orlando Sentinel

February 8, 2015 Updates

“We were trying to get our hands around the inconsistencies we were seeing on the floor,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. “There’s a lot of reasons for that. Jacque is not the only reason for that. We went into the season wanting to see some progress. We just didn’t feel like we were seeing the type of growth that we wanted to see. “There are a lot of factors certainly that go into how teams progress or regress. These rebuilding efforts are very difficult. Oftentimes they are most difficult on the coach. We believe in our players. [But] it’s a young team and it’s a challenge to win in this league when you’re young.” Boston Globe

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Alex Kennedy: Teams are calling the Magic to inquire about Moe Harkless. However, Rob Hennigan is asking for a ton in return (such as a first-rounder). Some believe ORL will keep Harkless/Nicholson and move on from Jacque Vaughn instead to see if a new coach could get more out of those guys. The takeaway is that Moe Harkless is viewed very differently by Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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