Rob Hennigan Rumors

On Tuesday, he traveled to the U.S. for just the second time in his life. He’s eager to see more of his new home city, Orlando — so eager that he has peppered Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan with questions about Central Florida. “I think it’s a completely other world here, everything positive,” Hezonja said during an introductory press conference Thursday afternoon for him and second-round pick Tyler Harvey.
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.’’
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“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.”
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.
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.

Extension for Magic GM Rob Hennigan?

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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.
“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.”

Teams inquiring about Moe Harkless

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.
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OS: Is his job safe for this season? Rob Hennigan: Look, we’re clearly in a rut and we need to find our way out of it together. The buck starts and stops with me. I’m responsible for the team and its performance, plain and simple. I’m constantly evaluating myself and ways in which I can do a better job for our team, and that will continue to be the case, and I’ll continue to make sure I’m evaluating every inch of the organization. It’s my job to make sure that we’re constantly evaluating every aspect of the organization from top to bottom. So, to your question, I’d say that everyone and everything is being evaluated right now. I wouldn’t be doing my job if that weren’t the case. I’ll also say that there’s not one isolated problem or issue and that we need to collectively be part of generating the solution.
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The Orlando Magic have signed center Nikola Vučević to a contract extension, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. “Today is an exciting day for Nik (Vučević) and his family, as well as our entire organization,” said Hennigan. “Since arriving in Orlando, Nik has demonstrated consistent work habits and a constant hunger to improve. He’s a high character, team-first player. We are proud of his development and are looking forward to continuing to grow together.”