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March 29, 2015 Updates

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

First, the franchise must settle on a new head coach. Although team officials have been impressed with Borrego, it seems most likely that the team will seek to hire a more experienced coach with a proven track record. The coaching search likely will be a methodical search that could last two or three months. Orlando Sentinel

March 28, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy steered the club to one NBA Finals appearance in 2009 before being fired after the 2011-12 season. And that begs the question: Will the Magic, in time, ever put Van Gundy in their hall of fame? "There is no chance — absolutely no chance," Van Gundy laughed. "Not the way things went down at the end. I guess if there's a whole different group of people here — possibly. But not with the current group. That ain't happening." Orlando Sentinel

March 27, 2015 Updates

What if, after spending the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Orlando Magic, he hadn't signed a free-agent deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996? "Knowing what I know now, I would've stayed," O'Neal said. "I would've stayed and fulfilled my seven years and then looked at it differently after my seventh year." Orlando Sentinel

O'Neal was 24 years old when he spurned the Magic in favor of the Lakers. "It was all business," O'Neal said. "Do I regret it? I never fully answered. I regret it sometimes. This is where I started, where I should've stayed. I actually wish that they [had] made it a law that whoever drafted you, you've got to stay there your whole career. No trades. No nothing. No free agency. No anything like that. Do I regret it? I regret it only because the DeVos family, they deserve a couple [of NBA titles]." Orlando Sentinel

March 26, 2015 Updates

When he showcased his athleticism and creativity in the slam dunk contest last month at NBA All-Star Weekend, Victor Oladipo was doing much more than entertaining fans. He was on a mission to save lives. Oladipo decided before the dunk competition took place that he would donate a portion of his prize money to fight cancer. And since finishing runner-up in the contest, the second-year Orlando Magic guard has done just that. On Thursday, Oladipo donated $15,000 to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to combat breast cancer. Prior to this contribution, he had presented checks to Indiana University’s Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. NBA.com

Will the Magic pay Tobias Harris? That is the magic question. Harris has posted a solid season since the Magic tabled extension talks in October. Harris is believed to be obtainable in free agency even though the Magic plan to issue a qualifying offer and restrict his free agency. There have been a number of teams linked to Harris including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and even Atlanta Hawks. Basketball Insiders

The Magic have the means to match anything offered to Harris in free agency. Given where the salary cap is headed, the Magic have to spend money and pretty soon they may have a hard time reaching the salary floor given where they are at in guaranteed money. The belief is that the Magic would match almost anything under $13 million a season, the question is will Harris get an offer sheet worth more than that number in July and will the Magic budge off their price range? Basketball Insiders

March 24, 2015 Updates
March 23, 2015 Updates

Now, they have something else in common: They're both serving as interim coaches. Borrego was moved into his current role on Feb. 5, while Hunt was moved into his current role on March 3. "My kindred brother," Hunt said when asked about Borrego. "We may just break down and cry and just hug and [sing] kumbaya at halfcourt before the game," Hunt added. "It's a tough situation to be in, but we're both big boys, and we're both embracing it. He's done an incredible job." Orlando Sentinel

March 22, 2015 Updates

The last few weeks have felt like torture to Evan Fournier. A hip injury will force him to miss his 13th consecutive game when his Orlando Magic host his old team, the Denver Nuggets, on Sunday night. "It's really the first time in my career where I've missed so many games," Fournier said Saturday. "It's very frustrating, but it's a part of what we do. We've got to take care of our body. Hopefully, I'm going to be able to play soon. Hopefully, 10 more days. I don't know. But, yeah, it's hard." Orlando Sentinel

March 21, 2015 Updates

There is a growing sense in NBA coaching circles that Florida's Billy Donovan will give renewed consideration to making a move to the pros after a rough (by his standards) season in Gainesville. Although there is no firm indication yet that the Orlando Magic will pursue Donovan again when they ramp up their coaching search in late April, it's a scenario that's bound to be talked about. ESPN.com

March 17, 2015 Updates

The head coaching job has opened at Magic interim coach James Borrego’s alma mater, the University of San Diego. The Toreros (15-16) fired Bill Grier on Monday after eight seasons. Borrego, 37, played forward for three seasons at San Diego and then served as a graduate assistant coach. The Magic will begin a coaching search after the season and the odds of Borrego being retained are long. They are 6-10 under Borrego, who took over for the fired Jacque Vaughn in early February. Orlando Sentinel

March 12, 2015 Updates

The Orlando Magic are inducting Shaquille O'Neal into the team's Hall of Fame. The Magic announced O'Neal's addition Thursday. He will be honored on March 27 when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons. The perennial All-Star and No. 1 overall draft pick in 1992 becomes the third inductee into the Magic Hall. O'Neal joins Magic co-founder Pat Williams and the Magic's first-ever draft pick Nick Anderson, who made up the inaugural class in 2014. NBA.com

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