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Scott Skiles Identified As Frontrunner For Magic Job

May 23, 2015 2:55 PM

The Orlando Magic now have a strong frontrunner for their head coaching vacancy in Scott Skiles.

Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process.

Skiles has been the preferred choice of Orlando ownership, which has been fond of him since his playing days with the Magic in the 1990s. 

Skiles has previously coached the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. Skiles has a reputation for turning bad teams into competitive ones, though he's also occasionally burned teams out.

The Magic also had interest in Tom Thibodeau, but they haven't wanted to offer draft compensation for the chance to acquire him.

Skiles didn't have a good relationship with Tobias Harris during their time together with the Bucks. Harris is a restricted free agent this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic, Kings, Pistons, Hornets Expected To Shop Pick To Accelerate Rebuild

May 19, 2015 10:22 PM

The Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are expected to seriously consider trading their lottery picks.

All four teams want to accelerate their rebuilds.

The New York Knicks are also expected to entertain offers for the No. 4 pick. The Knicks like Justise Winslow, but they're not believed to be sold on Emmanuel Mudiay.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

Click here to run RealGM's Lottery Simulator.

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team

May 18, 2015 2:43 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

On the second team are Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway.

From Gary Neal and Landry Fields in 2011 to Marc Jackson in 2001, the All-Rookie First Team has had a surprising number of one-hit wonders.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Award

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Bulls Unwilling To Let Tom Thibodeau Leave Without Compensation

May 15, 2015 10:15 PM

Tom Thibodeau has no plans of stepping away from the $9 million owed to him by the Chicago Bulls over the next two seasons.

Both Thibodeau and the Bulls appear to prefer a separation this offseason.

Gar Forman and John Paxson, however, are not willing to fire Thibodeau and allow him to leave without compensation. The Bulls are not even prepared to engage in compensation talks until they have a commitment from a replacement that excites them.

Fred Hoiberg is the Bulls' preferred choice, as he's seen of being capable of fixing their offense. Hoiberg is only two years into a 10-year, $20 million contract at Iowa State.

"He can leave whenever he wants," one front-office source said. "Why now?"

 

The New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic all have coaching vacancies.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans Have Mutual Interest

May 14, 2015 11:39 PM

With the Chicago Bulls eliminated from the playoffs, the future of Tom Thibodeau becomes a pressing question for several franchises.

Thibodeau is widely expected to not return as head coach of the Bulls.

The Orlando Magic are interested in Thibodeau and sources say there is mutual interest with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Thibodeau has two seasons and $9 million remaining on his contract with the Bulls.

When asked after the game if he expects to remain with the Bulls, Thibodeau sounded unwilling to step down.

"Until they tell me I'm not, I expect to be here," said Thibodeau.

Derrick Rose said he would like Thibodeau to return.

As one source close to the situation puts it: "Thibs is gone. They know it and he knows it."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Magic Waiting On Tom Thibodeau Situation With Bulls To Be Resolved

May 5, 2015 10:32 AM

The Orlando Magic are prepared to wait to hire a new head coach until the Chicago Bulls and Tom Thibodeau move forward.

Thibodeau and the Bulls are expected by many to part ways this offseason.

The Magic fired Jacque Vaughn this season and James Borrego served as interim head coach.

Thibodeau has two years remaining on his contract with the Bulls.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Rob Hennigan Agrees To Extension With Magic Through 17-18

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 PM

Rob Hennigan and the Orlando Magic have agreed upon an extension through the 17-18 season.

Hennigan was hired in 2012 to replace Otis Smith and immediately had to deal with the Dwight Howard trade.

The Magic have a 68-178 record during Hennigan's three seasons as general manager.

Hennigan’s recent draft acquisitions — Victor Oladipo in 2013 and Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton last year — have received positive reviews.

On April 16, Hennigan was asked about a potential extension, and he said, “What I can tell you is I love working here. It’s a pleasure to work here. It’s an honor to work for the DeVos family and under [CEO] Alex [Martins’] leadership, and I’m happy to be here as long as they want to keep me here.”

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks

Apr 22, 2015 1:34 PM

Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets.

Brooks was fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic To Seek Extension With Rob Hennigan
The DeVos family and CEO Alex Martins are pleased with the job Hennigan has done since Rob Hennigan was hired in June 2012.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Billy Donovan Considering Move To NBA
The Nuggets and Magic are among teams expected to have interest in Billy Donovan.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Shaq Wishes He Had More Patience Instead Of Leaving Magic In 1996
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Magic on Friday to be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.

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Shaq To Be Inducted Into Orlando Magic Hall Of Fame
The Magic will induct Shaquille O'Neal into their Hall of Fame on March 27.

John Denton/Magic.com

Brian Shaw Interested In Magic Head Coaching Job
Brian Shaw was fired this week by the Nuggets before the end of his second season with the franchise.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Devyn Marble To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Detached Retina
Devyn Marble is expected to miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to a detached retina in his left eye.

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Magic Working On Trade Of Andrew Nicholson
The Magic are working with Andrew Nicholson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, on finding a trade partner.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Scott Skiles Emerges As Serious Candidate For Magic
Scott Skiles played for the Magic during his playing career.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Magic Fire Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego To Become Interim Head Coach
Jacque Vaughn's job has been in danger for over a week as the Magic have struggled this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins, Elfrid Payton Named Rookies Of The Month
Andrew Wiggins and Elfrid Payton have been named the NBA Rookies of the Month for January.

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Magic Reassign Devyn Marble To D-League
The Magic have reassigned Devyn Marble to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.

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Scott Skiles, Mark Jackson Candidates For Magic Head Coaching Job
If the Magic eventually fire Jacque Vaughn as head coach, sources say Scott Skiles and Mark Jackson are two candidates.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Magic Could Soon Fire Jacque Vaughn
Jacque Vaughn has struggled to turnaround the rebuilding Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Giannis, Oladipo, Mason Plumlee Confirmed For Dunk Contest
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee will participate, while Zach LaVine could also be added.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Jacque Vaughn Not Worried About Job Security
The recent struggles of the Magic have triggered team officials to search for the root causes of the problem.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Ben Gordon: My Game Is Back
Ben Gordon is averaging 7.5 points in 15.5 minutes per game.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Elfrid Payton Not Trying To Emulate Rondo's Game
Elfrid Payton's rookie numbers compare to Rajon Rondo's rookie season in 06-07.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot
Aaron Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday night’s game.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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