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Frank Vogel Denies 'Begging' Larry Bird To Remain With Pacers

May 25, 2016 7:56 PM

Frank Vogel denied comments made by Larry Bird that he begged to remain head coach of the Indiana Pacers during the morning before he was let go. Bird made those remarks during his press conference explaining the decision.

"I was OK with that. Larry's going to speak his mind. A lot of people talked to me about it who didn't like that and it's probably an inaccurate perception that I was begging him to stay. ... I fully respect Larry and the process. He knew it was going to be an unpopular move but he did what he had to do.

"I felt like we were on the verge of some big things. We stood toe-to-toe with a 56-win team. I told my team after the series that we're poised ....  I felt like I was going to be able to do that with this group. That was my only mention to Larry."

Vogel said he and Bird shared the same philosophy on how they wanted the Pacers to play.

That’s a misconception about this whole view. Larry and I have been very well aligned all the way through these six years, including the decision to try to play faster and smaller this year," Vogel said. "This is not something I was resistant to. It’s a style of play I’m going to try to implement with the Orlando Magic. ... There was a lot made about Larry vs. Frank and the differences. But throughout the whole process, we were very well aligned.

'It wasn't about difference of opinion or difference of philosophy. It was about change."

Vogel has since been hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Phil Friend/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel: Magic 'Checked Off All The Boxes'

May 21, 2016 10:05 PM

Frank Vogel is excited for his opportunity with the Orlando Magic after the Indiana Pacers parted ways with him.

Vogel, unlike so many others over the years, really wants to be with the franchise.

"This organization checked off all the boxes," Vogel said. "This is the place I felt my family and I would be happy. … I'm confident we can create something in Orlando that's even better on all fronts than what we accomplished in Indiana."

Scott Skiles surprisingly stepped down as head coach of the Magic.

"I didn't talk to him [Skiles] and I'm not worried about the situation of how he left," Vogel said. "I make my own judgments on people. Everybody's personal relationships are different. I'm sure Scott has reasons for leaving that were right for him and his family, but they didn't impact my decision one bit. I wanted to talk to the people in Orlando myself and see what kind of connection I had with them — and right off the bat I knew this was a great fit for me."

Mike Bianchi/Orlando Sentinel

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Adrian Griffin Expected To Receive Interest From Tom Thibodeau To Join Wolves

May 19, 2016 4:11 PM

Adrian Griffin is signed through the 17-18 season with the Orlando Magic and a team option for the 18-19 season as an assistant coach.

Griffin was a finalist for Orlando's job that went to Frank Vogel.

Griffin is expected to receive interest throughout the NBA as an associate head coach or as a lead assistant coach.

Griffin could be reunited with Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Magic

May 19, 2016 4:07 PM

Frank Vogel and the Orlando Magic have agreed upon a deal for him to become head coach.

The Indiana Pacers parted ways with Vogel shortly after their season ended.

Scott Skiles stepped down as head coach last week.

Vogel has developed a reputation as one of the NBA's better defensive coaches.

Adrian Griffin was the other finalist for Orlando's job.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Magic Confident Of Deal With Frank Vogel

May 19, 2016 10:08 AM

The Orlando Magic are optimistic they will be able to hire Frank Vogel as head coach despite competition from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday morning that Vogel has met with the DeVos family that owns the team.

Orlando has been trying to decide between Vogel and Adrian Griffin this week.

Vogel had already established himself as the Grizzlies' top choice by the time the Magic joined the bidding this week.

Marc Stein, Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel, Adrian Griffin Emerge As Orlando's Top Two Candidates

May 18, 2016 11:08 AM

The Orlando Magic have completed interviews with Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin.

Vogel and Griffin are believed to be Orlando's top two targets.

Griffin met with Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan on Tuesday in New York, and Vogel met with Magic officials on Monday.

Griffin is a popular choice among many of the Magic players, earning the locker room's respect as the top assistant on former coach Scott Skiles' staff this season. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Magic To Emphasize Defense With Head Coach Candidates

May 14, 2016 2:50 PM

On Thursday and again on Friday, Rob Hennigan said the Orlando Magic would seek to hire someone who places a high value on the defensive end of the court.

"Sort of the fulcrum of what we're looking for," Hennigan said Friday, "is someone who puts an emphasis on the defensive end of the floor, someone who puts an emphasis on player development and also someone who puts an emphasis on building lasting connections with the players on our roster."

The Magic have had four head coaches since 11-12, but Hennigan doesn't believe the instability will be perceived as a drawback by candidates.

"I don't think it makes it a more difficult sell," Hennigan said. "I think it heightens the pressure on our staff to make sure we nail this hire."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel Emerges As Candidate For Magic

May 14, 2016 2:49 PM

The Orlando Magic have confirmed they will reach out to Frank Vogel as they begin their search for a new head coach.

Scott Skiles stepped down as Orlando head coach this week in a surprise development.

Hennigan stopped short of saying Vogel is Orlando's preferred candidate.

The Magic have yet to even assemble their full list of candidates.

Vogel is also a candidate for the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Scott Skiles Steps Down As Magic Head Coach

May 12, 2016 10:20 AM

Scott Skiles has stepped down as head coach of the Orlando Magic after just one season.

Skiles explained the decision in a statement.

“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” said Skiles. “Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.”

“I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision,” Skiles continued. “The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity.”

“While we understand it was a challenging season, we reluctantly have accepted Scott’s (Skiles) resignation,” said Hennigan. “We appreciate Scott instilling a culture of accountability and certainly wish him and his family well.”

During his first season with the Magic (2015-16), Orlando finished with a 35-47 record, which was a ten-game improvement from the 2014-15 campaign.

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76ers, Magic, Lakers Have NBA's Worst Records Since Dwight/Bynum Trade In 2013
The 76ers have a winning percentage of .250, followed by the Magic at .312 and the Lakers at .336.

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Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline
Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Magic Claim Chris Copeland Off Waivers
Chris Copeland was waived last week by the Bucks to create a roster spot for Steve Novak.

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Clippers Talked C.J. Wilcox For Tony Snell, Wilcox For Shabazz Napier Trades
The Clippers discussed a trade of CJ Wilcox in multiple scenarios.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Bulls, Magic Discussing Shabazz Napier Trade
The Magic acquired Shabazz Napier from the Heat last year.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Trade Anderson Varejao To Blazers In Deal With Magic For Channing Frye
Anderson Varejao will be part of the trade, ending up with the Blazers.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Clippers Remain Unwilling To Agree Upon Channing Frye Trade
The Cavaliers are also interested in Channing Frye, who has two more seasons remaining on his deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Offer Anderson Varejao To Magic For Channing Frye
Channing Frye would give the Cavaliers another big capable of stretching the floor.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pelicans Talked Deal For Harris With Pistons, Magic Where Anderson Would Have Gone To Detroit
Ryan Anderson would have been dealt to the Pistons with Tobias Harris going to the Pelicans in the previous scenario.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers, Magic In Advanced Channing Frye Trade Talks
Channing Frye is signed through the 17-18 season at $7.8 million and $7.4 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Won't Trade Any Other Parts Of Young Core
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nik Vucevic won't be moved barring a blockbuster offer.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Pistons Acquire Tobias Harris For Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova
The Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Magic for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Magic Willing To Discuss Trade Of Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris

Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

3D Look At Aaron Gordon's Dunk Of The Night
Aaron Gordon's dunk grabbing the ball from the Magic mascot standing on a hoverboard and then passing it underneath both of his legs before finishing a reverse was the clear highlight of the night.

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Magic Willing To Listen To Tobias Harris Offers
Tobias Harris signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Magic in free agency last year.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nikola Vucevic Hopes Magic Don't Make Deadline Trade
Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have been with the Magic since the beginning of their rebuild.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

LaVine, Barton, Aaron Gordon, Drummond In 2016 Slam Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine will defend his title against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shabazz Napier Wasn't Expecting To Make 'Crazy Impact' With Heat As Rookie
The Heat traded away Shabazz Napier to the Magic one year after using a first round pick upon him in order to save on the luxury tax.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Magic Sign Keith Appling To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Keith Appling has appeared in two games for the Magic averaging 3.0 points per game in 7.5 minutes per game.

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Rob Hennigan: A Lot Of Teams Like Our Players
Rob Hennigan was asked how the Magic will treat the trade deadline.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel