Jamahl Mosley is a frontrunner for the Orlando Magic head coach job.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that the Magic are “closing in” on Mosley to make him their next head coach.
The Magic are looking for a new coach after parting ways with Steve Clifford and may have one in Mosley. The 42-year-old has been an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks since 2014. He has a good rapport with Luka Doncic, who favored him for the Mavs job that went to Jason Kidd.
A report said that Mosley was likely to leave the Mavericks after being passed over for their head coach job. It looks like Mosley is going to be taking a step up in the coaching ranks.
In addition to the interest he has received from Orlando, Mosley reportedly is a finalist for the Wizards job.
A surprise name is emerging as a serious candidate for the vacant Orlando Magic head coaching position.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has interviewed for the Magic head coaching job and is regarded as a serious candidate. The 49-year-old has strong ties to Orlando, where he is a franchise icon after playing there between 1993-1999.
Hardaway has become renowned for his player development skills at Memphis, and has forged many relationships throughout the basketball community. That could fit nicely with a very young Orlando roster that is currently in the midst of a significant rebuilding phase. Hardaway was linked to the Orlando job earlier in the process, but it did not appear to be serious at that point.
Whoever takes the Orlando job will likely have to endure some losing, but there is young talent in the organization that can be nurtured into something. There hasn’t been a lot of news on the vacancy lately, though it sounds like this candidate is another finalist.
Penny Hardaway has only been the head coach at Memphis for three seasons and has not produced standout results. But that is not stopping him from becoming a head coach candidate in the NBA.
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.
The 49-year-old began his career with the Magic and developed into 4-time All-Star in Orlando. Maybe they feel, or he could convince them, that he is right for the job. Hardaway was already able to convince Memphis to hire him, selling them on his grassroots experience and history as a star player there.
Is it a longshot for Penny to be hired? Perhaps, but there are now so many NBA coaching jobs available, teams will have to dig deep for a few hires. Maybe the thought of Penny coaching in the NBA isn’t so much of a reach.
Jason Kidd withdrew from consideration for the Portland Trail Blazers coaching job, but there is another gig he is in the mix for.
FOX Sports’ Melissa Rohlin reported on Monday that the Orlando Magic requested permission to interview Kidd for their head coach job. The Lakers granted permission, and Kidd reportedly will interview this week.
Kidd, 48, was a Hall of Fame point guard as a player. He went into coaching after his playing career and had stints with the Nets and Bucks as a head coach. Kidd has spent the last two seasons under Frank Vogel on the Lakers.
Kidd has a 183-190 record as a head coach. His teams have reached the playoffs three times. He was fired by Milwaukee during the 2017-2018 season.
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon once again looks like a serious candidate for multiple NBA head coaching positions.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Hammon is on the Portland Trail Blazers’ initial list of head coaching candidates. Hammon is also expected to interview for the vacant Orlando Magic job.
Other names on Portland’s initial shortlist include Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, Spurs team president Brent Barry, and South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley.
Hammon will garner a lot of attention. After a successful WNBA career, she became a member of the Spurs’ coaching staff in 2014. In December, became the first woman to serve as an acting NBA head coach after Gregg Popovich was ejected from a game against the Lakers. She has received head coach consideration from NBA teams in the past as well.
We know there is one Blazers player who will have some significant input on who the team ultimately hires. His feelings on this list of candidates aren’t really publicly known right now, though.
Terry Stotts looks likely to land on his feet fairly quickly after being fired as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Orlando Magic are interested in Stotts after parting ways with coach Steve Clifford on Saturday.
Stotts may have other options as well. According to Shams Charania and Jason Quick of The Athletic, Stotts would likely to be a candidate for the Indiana Pacers’ head coaching position should it open up this offseason. The Pacers are believed to be considering the future of first-year coach Nate Bjorkgren.
That report states that the Blazers wanted to reflect on Stotts’ future, but Stotts and his agent sought a quick resolution to avoid missing opportunities elsewhere. The decision by the Magic on Saturday is precisely why they were so eager to receive a final verdict from Portland.
Stotts is the winningest coach in Blazers history and was well-liked by his players. While there were concerns over his team’s lack of defensive acumen, he’s clearly good in the locker room and a stabilizing influence. Both the Magic and Pacers could use that right now, especially in Indiana’s case.
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The Orlando Magic were by far the NBA’s biggest sellers at Thursday’s trade deadline, and that may have left Terrence Ross as the most depressed player in the league.
The Magic basically blew up their roster, first trading All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and then dealing Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. As reports of all the deals were surfacing, Ross sent a bunch of hilarious tweets showing the range of emotions he was experiencing.
Ross’s best tweet came after the Gordon deal, when he declared himself the new captain of the ship in Orlando.
The Magic were 15-29 before trading three of their best players, so you can understand why Ross reacted that way. Assuming he isn’t traded next, he’s in for a long remainder of the season.
It’s worth noting that at least one of the players the Magic traded openly wanted out, so Ross can’t entirely blame the team.
Aaron Gordon has been at the center of trade rumors for what feels like years now, and the Orlando Magic star is finally on the move.
The Magic have traded Gordon to the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple reports. Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a first-round pick are headed to Orlando in the deal.
Gordon had been frustrated with the Magic and explained earlier this week why he wanted to be traded. It became obvious that Orlando was going to give him his wish after All-Star Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier were also traded earlier on Thursday.
Gordon, 25, was the fourth overall pick by the Magic in the 2014 NBA Draft. He is averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season.
The Nuggets entered Thursday with a record of 26-18 and in fifth place in the Western Conference. They also acquired veteran center JaVale McGee at the deadline, so they seem intent on trying to contend this season.
The Orlando Magic appear to be tearing down their roster leading up to Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline.
Not long after they agreed to a blockbuster deal to send Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls, the Magic traded veteran guard Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics for a pair of second-round picks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the deal.
The New York Knicks were also said to have interest in Fournier.
Fournier, 28, is averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game this season. The former French League All-Star has been with the Magic since 2014.
The Magic are determined to stock-pile draft picks and build around young players like Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz. Aaron Gordon, who clearly wants out of Orlando, is also expected to be traded ahead of the deadline.
Magic swingman Terrence Ross does not seem happy about the trades:
The Celtics entered Thursday with a record of 21-23 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA this season, but GM Danny Ainge is obviously not ready to throw in the towel.
The Orlando Magic appear to be intent on blowing up their roster ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, and trading Nikola Vucevic was their first big move.
The Magic have traded Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls for Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr. and two first-round picks, according to multiple reports.
Vucevic, 30, made his second All-Star appearance this year and is averaging a career-high 24.5 points per game. The 6-foot-11 center has become one of the best scorers in the NBA. He is also averaging 11.8 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 19-24 and just 1.5 games behind the eight-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. They wanted to make a big splash at the deadline by acquiring a player who can be a cornerstone player alongside Zach LaVine. Vucevic should be just that for them.
Trading Vucevic will likely be the first of at least two big moves the Magic make in advance of Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline. They are also expected to move Aaron Gordon, who wants out of Orlando.