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May 25, 2015 Updates
May 23, 2015 Updates

Orlando had interest in discussing its opening with Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but the Magic haven’t wanted to offer draft compensation for the chance to acquire him, league sources said. Chicago management has been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Thibodeau, but so far that hasn’t happened. The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the league’s job vacancies fill, and a firing in Chicago would likely leave him out of coaching next season. Yahoo! Sports

But this delay isn't some leverage ploy or negotiating tactic. If the Bulls, whose second-round pick coincidentally is headed to the Magic, wanted a second-round pick, they would buy one. This is, after all, a franchise that ponied up $3 million to move up and acquire Luol Deng's draft rights in 2004 and paid an undisclosed amount to do the same for Nikola Mirotic in 2011. No, this decision is way above getting, say, a second-round pick from the Pelicans or Magic. Especially because sources indicate the Magic's interest in Thibodeau has been way overstated, if not nonexistent to this point. And Yahoo Sports reported the Pelicans' interest in Thibodeau lies more with team President Mickey Loomis than general manager Dell Demps, who, the website reported, fired strong-willed coach Monty Williams in part over internal battles. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: Reported yesterday that Magic interest in Thibodeau has been overstated. Could be Bulls or bust, as in take year off. Stay tuned. Twitter @KCJHoop

May 22, 2015 Updates
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May 20, 2015 Updates

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.’’ NBA.com

May 19, 2015 Updates

Hi Chad, who do you see the Pistons taking if they get their expected pick at 8? Chad Ford: I have them taking Hezonja but I think they'll be another team that will seriously look at trading their pick for a veteran who can contribute now -- especially if Hezonja and Willie Cauley-Stein are off the board. Orlando, Sacramento, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami are the teams in the Top 10 most likely to trade their pick if they end up picking where they are projected. ESPN.com

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