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May 28, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles is continuing discussions with the Orlando Magic, inching closer to a partnership to become the franchise's head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Magic officials are convinced that Skiles is the best choice to deliver a young roster into playoff contention and have moved to the cusp of contract negotiations, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

For all the attributes and the successful head-coaching pedigree that made Woodson an intriguing candidate to Orlando management, it appears that it became too difficult for him to overcome the relationships, history and head start that Skiles had all the way to the highest reaches of Orlando's organization. Yahoo! Sports

May 27, 2015 Updates

Other teams have moved on or, at least, have given the appearance of moving on. There are still those around the league who feel that New Orleans and Orlando want Thibodeau and have come up with candidates like Scott Skiles for the Magic and Jeff Van Gundy (Thibodeau’s friend and mentor) for the Pelicans in order to spook the Bulls into simply letting Thibodeau go. If their new candidates are decoys, that’s a high-stakes game of chicken for the Pels and/or Magic. Either way, whether by straight firing or some form of trade, Bulls players are expecting to call a new guy “coach” next season. Sporting News

The Orlando Magic will host over 20 basketball camps, designed for boys and girls of all skill levels ages 7-16, across Central Florida this summer. Registration is officially open and limited space is still available for all sessions. In addition to the 17 day camps, the Magic are hosting an overnight camp from July 6-10 at Webber International University in Babson Park, Fla., which includes all meals and housing. Due to popular demand, a one-day “Mini Camp” returns for youth ages 4-8 at the RDV Sportsplex on July 18 from 9 a.m.-Noon, and two half-day camps will also be offered (June 15-19 at Highland Park Church and June 29-July 3 at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee). NBA.com

Kostas Koufos is a free agent, despite playing limited minutes behind Marc Gasol he seems ready for a bigger – even a starting – role in a team and that’s why he is name is rumored to be gaining interest from many NBA teams. According to US sources not only Memphis may try to keep him – a scenario which is tied to the fate of an other free agent, Marc Gasol – but also Orlando, Sacramento and Boston have an interest on him. EuroHoops.net

May 26, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles, who spent parts of five seasons coaching the Bulls, has emerged as the frontrunner to land the Orlando Magic head coaching job, sources confirmed. Yahoo Sports first reported over the weekend that Skiles had separated himself from a select group, which at one point appeared headed to include Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. But the Tribune reported last week that the Magic's interest in Thibodeau had been overstated despite Clippers coach Doc Rivers calls to the organization to promote Thibodeau. Rivers, whose first coaching job came with the Magic, has maintained strong ties to the franchise. Chicago Tribune

Michael Scotto: Orlando Magic will hire Scott Skiles as head coach later this week, a league source confirms. The news was first reported by @Peter Vecsey. Twitter @MikeAScotto

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

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN MAGIC HISTORY

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

   

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