Orlando Magic Rumors
Most league observers expect former Magic center Dwight Howard to opt out of his Houston Rockets contract and become a free agent this summer. But it’s highly unlikely that the Magic would pursue Howard unless he seeks a one-year deal for reasonable money.
One source went so far as to say Tuesday night that Fizdale had moved into the lead in Memphis’ fluid search, which initially targeted former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Sources say Vogel also met with Wallace and Pera before opting to take the Orlando Magic job.
The coaching instability Fournier has endured is an extreme case, but his current Magic teammates don’t lag too far behind. Year after year, players such as Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton have had to learn new offensive and defensive schemes and prove themselves to new coaches. “It’s awful,” Fournier said. “To have to start over and over again and have to reestablish yourself again, it’s not fun at all. It’s not fun at all. But that’s the league, man. That’s the NBA. That’s how it is.”
Fournier said he received a rave review from Mahinmi. “Obviously, he loves him,” Fournier said. “He’s a guy that works hard from what [Mahinmi] said. [Vogel’s] always positive. Just a great coach to be around.”