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 said: “We’re fully confident he will be with us next season. We have no concerns over the buyout, and that’s something we’ll be able to work through over the next few days.”
“Scott (Skiles) clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit,” said Hennigan. “Our young roster will benefit greatly from Scott’s extensive head coaching experience and commitment to teaching smart, physical, unselfish basketball. We believe in Scott’s ability to establish a culture of winning habits and accountability that will help guide our team in a positive direction.”
Before turning full attention back to Skiles, Hennigan met with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Mike Woodson in Southern California over the weekend, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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.’’
Orlando’s drafting success under GM Rob Hennigan and Assistant GMs Scott Perry and Matt Lloyd has CEO Alex Martins confident that the Magic will be able to uncover a gem with the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft. “I have an incredibly high level of confidence in our Basketball Operations team because they have drafted very, very well over the course of the last several drafts,’’ said Martins, who represented the Magic on the lottery dais Tuesday night. “We know that they’ll do the same this year to add another core piece that we’ll be able to build around for many years to come.’’
The Magic finished the 2014-15 regular season with the league’s fifth-worst record, 25-57. Their reward? The fifth-best pick. “We think it’s a good draft,” Hennigan said. “We think we’ll have a lot of options at the fifth pick, and we think certainly we’ll have options in trade if that’s the route we decide to take. So we’re open to everything.”
“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.
In an endorsement of the team’s current rebuilding plan, the Orlando Magic have finalized a contract extension for general manager Rob Hennigan that runs through the 2017-18 season and includes a team option for the 2018-19 season.
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.
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.
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.
KC Johnson: As @Ric Bucher points out, Magic recently extended GM Rob Hennigan. So dual role not available. Have heard Skiles still in mix in ORL.
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.
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.”
Not surprisingly, Van Gundy finds the situation of absurd — particularly the way organizations bend over backward to not publicly blame a coach, but the coach is the only sacrificial lamb in such instances. “All those things are the same,” Van Gundy said today. “You get in the press conference, they loved Jacque. He did a great job. You listen to all that, and then I listen to Rob say it doesn’t fall on Jacque, but he takes full responsibility. I laugh, obviously, because that’s not true. You’re still sitting there with a job, and Jacque doesn’t have one, so I don’t know what full responsibility means. But I would say they left the full responsibility on Jacque.”
“Jacque has been a trusted friend and colleague,’’ Hennigan said. “We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career.’’
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.
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.
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.”
Alex Kennedy: Rob Hennigan on Nik Vucevic and Tobias Harris: “We don’t envision a scenario where either of those players aren’t with us moving forward.”