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April 25, 2015 Updates

As the series renders Valanciunas’s skill set less than integral, though, it is difficult not to project forward a bit. The Raptors can offer Valanciunas a contract extension any time before Oct. 31. The obvious reference point would be the four-year, US$53-million contract the Magic gave Nikola Vucevic in the off-season. Vucevic is a worse rim protector than Valanciunas is, but they are similarly limited defensively. National Post

April 24, 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 22, 2015 Updates

The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are the only NBA teams currently employing an interim coach, but sources say both of those clubs plan to have Donovan on their list of targets once they began more expansive coaching searches after completing their respective regular-season schedules in April. Donovan is also likely to be pursued by teams that make changes after the regular season or playoffs. ESPN.com

April 21, 2015 Updates
April 20, 2015 Updates

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

April 16, 2015 Updates

Although the Orlando Magic's coaching search will focus on a handful of candidates with extensive head-coaching experience, general manager Rob Hennigan said Thursday that James Borrego will be interviewed for the job. Borrego guided the Magic to a 10-20 finish after team officials appointed him interim head coach after Jacque Vaughn's dismissal on Feb. 5. Orlando Sentinel

Magic officials have not held talks with any coaching candidates yet, Hennigan and league sources said. The team also is unlikely to speak with potential hires on Friday because CEO Alex Martins is attending the NBA's Board of Governors meetings in New York. But even though Hennigan is keeping mum about the details of the search — Hennigan on Thursday even declined to name the characteristics the team will seek in its eventual hire — the Magic's clear preference is to find a seasoned head coach. Orlando Sentinel

The Magic’s summer league team will include two of the five players who started in the season finale Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Aaron Gordon will be asked to play in the annual Orlando Pro Summer League, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. It’s possible that Payton and Gordon will not play in all of the Magic’s summer-league games. Orlando Sentinel


Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.


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