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May 29, 2015 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the Magic, undaunted by Skiles' interview this week with the New Orleans Pelicans, continue to push for a deal with Skiles and are trying to complete a multiyear deal with the former Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks coach who famously once had a 30-assist game when he was playing in Orlando's backcourt. ESPN.com

Sam: I do have to defend the Bulls on this one as it has become sort of a smear campaign, that big lie thing that if you say a lie often enough people will believe it. The parting with Vinnie went badly and John Paxson did regret the events and apologized. As a result, he hasn’t had much interaction with Thibodeau. But the Bulls often have been more generous to their coaches than I would have been. Doug Collins and Jackson still remain close with Bulls management, Paxson and Collins still emailing almost weekly. Collins received championship jewelry from the team to thank him for his contributions even though he was fired two years before the first title. And despite Jerry Krause’s open courtship of Tim Floyd, Reinsdorf offered Jackson a multiyear deal at the league’s highest salary to begin a post-Jordan rebuilding. Jackson declined as he didn’t want to be involved in rebuilding. Tim Floyd quit and Reinsdorf paid him the full two years left on his contract. Scott Skiles told management he couldn’t coach the players anymore. They let him go, but they cancelled the offset in his contract so he could go to the Bucks and double dip with two salaries instead of the Bulls getting his Bucks salary. And though there was bitterness at Thibodeau’s discharge, no one in 20 years had hired Thibodeau to be head coach until the Bulls did. And then they gave him a generous contract extension and he’ll make $9 million the next two years. It doesn’t exactly suggest a pattern of coaching abuse. NBA.com

May 28, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles has unexpectedly emerged as a candidate for the ‎New Orleans Pelicans' vacant coaching position, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Skiles -- widely reported to be the front-runner for the Orlando Magic's coaching vacancy -- has joined Golden State Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy on the list of coaches who have been interviewed by the Pelicans for the position.‎ ESPN.com

Scott Skiles is continuing discussions with the Orlando Magic, inching closer to a partnership to become the franchise's head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Magic officials are convinced that Skiles is the best choice to deliver a young roster into playoff contention and have moved to the cusp of contract negotiations, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

For all the attributes and the successful head-coaching pedigree that made Woodson an intriguing candidate to Orlando management, it appears that it became too difficult for him to overcome the relationships, history and head start that Skiles had all the way to the highest reaches of Orlando's organization. Yahoo! Sports

May 27, 2015 Updates
May 26, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles, who spent parts of five seasons coaching the Bulls, has emerged as the frontrunner to land the Orlando Magic head coaching job, sources confirmed. Yahoo Sports first reported over the weekend that Skiles had separated himself from a select group, which at one point appeared headed to include Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. But the Tribune reported last week that the Magic's interest in Thibodeau had been overstated despite Clippers coach Doc Rivers calls to the organization to promote Thibodeau. Rivers, whose first coaching job came with the Magic, has maintained strong ties to the franchise. Chicago Tribune

Michael Scotto: Orlando Magic will hire Scott Skiles as head coach later this week, a league source confirms. The news was first reported by @Peter Vecsey. Twitter @MikeAScotto

May 23, 2015 Updates
May 15, 2015 Updates

ESPN and ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy jokingly pulled himself out of contention for the Orlando Magic coaching vacancy Thursday, but then he seriously said Scott Skiles would be a great hire. "I think the Magic job is a good job," Van Gundy told me on our Open Mike radio show on Orlando's AM 740 The Game. "Ownership there is outstanding. Stan (Van Gundy) raved about the DeVos family, and Rob Hennigan has done a really good job in building the roster. ... I thought James Borrego did a nice job when he took over. Having been an interim coach before, I know that's a difficult challenge. If he doesn't retain the job, I think there are a lot of guys who would do a nice job. I think the Magic will get a quality coach." Orlando Sentinel

May 12, 2015 Updates
May 11, 2015 Updates

While Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau is the leader in the Orlando Magic vacant coaching clubhouse, Scott Skiles and Scott Brooks are still in contention. I’m hearing the Magic job is Thibodeau’s if he so desires, although some basketball insiders are speculating New Orleans could be Thibodeau’s preferred landing spot. Skiles hasn’t coached since being jettisoned by the Bucks in January of 2013, but has a huge fan in Richard DeVos, the Magic owner. Racine Journal-Times

May 2, 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 21, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles has been linked to the Magic since former head coach Jacque Vaughn was fired. Skiles remains close with a number of the Magic’s ownership and senior leadership personalities including Magic CEO Alex Martins. It’s believed that Skiles has already had informal conversations about the Magic job, with some close to the situation saying Skiles not only would take the job if offered, he’s tried to campaign a little. Basketball Insiders

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