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.”
The Orlando Magic are closing in on Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley and he’s emerged as the strong front-runner to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN on Thursday. Conversations are ongoing, but Mosley, 42, has separated himself in the organization’s process, sources tell ESPN.
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.
Tim Reynolds: Matters have accelerated significantly in the last 24-48 hours, source tells AP. Jamahl Mosley was scheduled to speak with reporters tonight about his role as a USA Select Team assistant under Erik Spoelstra; he is now not expected to make that appearance.
Michael Singer: #Nuggets associate head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has emerged as a finalist in both Orlando and Washington, per a source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mosley and Unseld Jr., are also serious head coaching candidates for the Orlando Magic job, sources tell ESPN.
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.
The Orlando Magic have moved into the next phase of their search for a new head coach, league sources told The Athletic.
Magic officials recently interviewed Denver Nuggets associate head coach Wes Unseld Jr. for the second time, sources said. Having a second interview indicates that Unseld has emerged as a serious candidate for the job. The Magic could conduct a second-round interview with at least one other candidate.
Unseld has familiarity with the Magic franchise. From 2012-15, he worked on Jacque Vaughn’s coaching staff until Vaughn and most of the staff were fired midway through the 2014-15 season. At that time, the Magic’s basketball operations department was headed by general manager Rob Hennigan, who was fired in 2017.
John Martin: Here’s what I’ve heard on Penny Hardaway/Magic job … Interview took place this weekend. Magic officials went into it expecting it to be more of a formality/courtesy. It went MUCH longer than they thought it would. Hardaway obviously impressed them, and here we are.
Jeff Goodman: Interview with Penny went about 4 hours with the Magic, and been told by a source close to the process that Penny was extremely impressive — which is no surprise.
University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway interviewed for the Orlando Magic head-coaching job and has emerged as a serious candidate, sources tell The Athletic.
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.
In his first year as an assistant with the Clippers, Billups also recently interviewed for the Portland Trail Blazers’ head-coaching job and has drawn interest from several more teams with openings, including Washington, Orlando and New Orleans, sources told ESPN. Billups is a prominent candidate in the Blazers’ search, sources said.
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.
Mark Giannotto: Penny Hardaway to @Greg_Gaston and @Eli Savoie about Orlando Magic job: “I’m definitely flattered by that situation. My heart is in Memphis. I’m here. I love the Tigers. I love our fans. I started off doing something and I want to finish that.”
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There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
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“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency