NBA rumors: Magic name Jamahl Mosley head coach

Jamahl Mosley has been named head coach of the Orlando Magic, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Mosley becomes the 15th head coach in franchise history. “We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family,” said Weltman. “Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group.”

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Shams Charania: The Orlando Magic are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley as the new head coach, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Mosley is traveling to Orlando today as sides finalize terms.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mosley has agreed-in-principle to a four-year deal to become the Magic’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN.
If hired, Jamahl Mosley would face an enormously difficult task in the years ahead. He would be entrusted to teach the Magic’s youngsters the right way to play and hold them accountable in an environment where winning will not initially be the primary goal. Mosley, 42, is the Magic’s top choice for their vacant head-coaching job, a league source told The Athletic, confirming news reported first by ESPN. The deal is not done yet, the source said, but the Magic and Mosley’s agent are in the midst of negotiating the particulars of a new contract.
Along with Unseld, the Magic’s wide-ranging search also included interviews with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green, University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and up to half a dozen additional candidates, sources said. “This job has tremendous growth potential, which is very attractive,” Weltman said at the very beginning of his coaching search. “It has organizational strength and ownership behind it. We’re moving into a new practice facility next year. There are a lot of good things happening here. Most importantly, we have a lot of bright, young, talented players.”
Mosley had also emerged as a finalist for the Wizards' head coaching job, sources told ESPN. In the past two years, Mosley has become a serious contender for head coaching vacancies and now is on the brink of breaking through to become the Magic's coach.
The media reports that Penny, the head coach at the University of Memphis, had emerged as a leading candidate for the Magic head-coaching job were, quite frankly, overblown. It’s fascinating to see how such narratives take off in today’s Internet media world where it doesn’t really matter if you’re right as long as you’re first.
According to The Athletic’s Josh Robbins, the Magic also requested permission to interview Suns assistant Willie Green and Bucks assistant Charles Lee, and are expected to interview Denver Nuggets assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. as well as three assistants on ex-coach Steve Clifford's staff: Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel. Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was a finalist for the Blazers opening, has already interviewed with Orlando.
Orlando management is said to prefer hiring a candidate with previous head-coaching experience, even with a roster full of younger players who will need time to develop. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Jason Kidd and Kenny Atkinson, who coached the Nets before becoming an assistant with the Clippers, are two names that keep coming up.
The Athletic has learned through league sources that the Magic have asked permission to interview Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee and Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka. Green, 39, is completing his fifth season as an NBA assistant coach. A former NBA shooting guard, Green worked three seasons as an assistant coach/player development for the Golden State Warriors under Steve Kerr before he joined Monty Williams’ coaching staff in Phoenix in 2019.
The Magic have begun their interview process, sources said, but their coaching search is expected to be wide-ranging and almost certainly will include candidates in addition to Green, Hammon, Kidd, Lee, Udoka and Unseld. Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel — assistant coaches under Clifford who currently remain under contract with Orlando — could be interviewed, if they haven’t been interviewed already. Many league insiders who work for other teams think the Magic could have interest in as many as three members of the LA Clippers’ coaching staff: associate head coach Dan Craig and assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson and Chauncey Billups.
Last week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Penny was receiving interest from NBA teams. On his podcast this week, FOX Sports college basketball analyst Aaron Torres said that he has heard similar talk. Torres specifically said there is some buzz about Hardaway possibly going to the Magic. There is history between Hardaway and the Magic that makes sense for him to be a candidate.
In talking to people that are around Jason Kidd, and one source, in particular, had mentioned to me that Orlando reminds Kidd a lot of when he took over in Milwaukee. Kidd loves to teach and develop guys, and he enjoys those challenges. One source close to Kidd felt he’d be excited about potentially being in the mix for the Orlando Magic job.
Michael Singer: Orlando has requested an interview with #Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. for its head coaching vacancy, league sources told @denverpost. The Nuggets promoted Unseld Jr. to associate head coach at the start of this season & he's been an invaluable piece to Malone's staff.
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