Orlando Magic Begin Their Search For A New Head Coach

After firing Stan Van Gundy, the Orlando Magic will begin the search for their next head coach.

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Phil Jackson To Orlando Magic Unlikely, According To Report

The rumors that Phil Jackson could be getting a job in the Orlando Magic front office appear to be fizzling out. The current proposal would have Jackson in a front office position, possibly a minority owner, but he wouldn't be there full time.

According to a report by Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, there are members of the current front office would not be keen with handing control of basketball operations to someone not in Orlando all the time.

In their search to replace Otis Smith, the Magic plan to hire someone who will be in Orlando on a full-time basis as well as someone who has experience working at the highest levels of a basketball operations department.

The current plan would have had Jackson in the front office while Indiana Pacers assistant and former Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Bryan Shaw would take over as head coach and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen would become the top assistant.

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Phil Jackson, Magic Rumors Not Dead, Could Be Hired In Front Office

Phil Jackson could still be hired by the Orlando Magic, according to an SI.com article by Sam Amick. In that article, Amick says that there is a revised version of a proposal that could have the 11-time championship coach take the job as a head personnel man in Orlando's front office. However, not everyone in the Magic organization believes this is a good idea.

Yet fascinating as the idea might be, Magic CEO Alex Martins appears to be against the idea of having an absentee leader -- no matter how many rings he has.

Given what the plan is, according to one source in the Magic organization, it could be understandable why Martins would be against the idea of bringing Jackson on board.

In the plan, Jackson -- according to one of the sources -- would work in Orlando one week out of every month and agree to make six community appearances every month as well.

It still remains to be seen what effect this will have on the Magic's coaching search, but the plan could also involve having Jackson as a minority owner. This proposal would also have current Indiana Pacers assistant and former Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as the head coach with Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen as the top assistant.

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Magic Head Coach Rumors: Chuck Person Emerges As Candidate, According To Report

The Orlando Magic will now begin their head coaching search, after firing Stan Van Gundy on Monday. One candidate who has emerged is former NBA player and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person, according to a report by David Baumann.

As Baumann notes, Person is a candidate that Dwight Howard would "like" and that will be certainly something the franchise will consider in the hiring process if they decide to keep Howard. Person has previous coaching experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Sacramento Kings.

If the Magic decide to part ways with Dwight Howard however, it's unlikely that Person will be a serious candidate for the job.

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Orlando Magic Decide To Keep Assistant Coaches

The Orlando Magic fired head coach Stan Van Gundy on Monday and will now begin their new coaching search. The team also parted ways with general manager Otis Smith, but the staff as a whole isn't being completely blown up... yet.

CEO Alex Martins announced on Monday afternoon that the team will allow Van Gundy's assistants to remain on staff if they're interested.

Per Martins, the team has given Van Gundy's assistant coaching staff--Ahmad Ajami,Bob Beyer, Steve Clifford, Patrick Ewing, and Brendan Malone--the option to remain on the staff for the final year of their contracts.

This is likely more a gesture than a permanent move, as when a new head coach is brought in they typically like to construct their own staff of coaches. If Martins is set on keeping Stan Van Gundy's assistants in tact however, this will make the coaching search difficult.

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Mike D'Antoni Will Have Interest In Magic Coaching Position Should It Become Available, According To Report

After a disappointing season with the New York Knicks, Mike D'Antoni is looking for his next head coaching position. Could it be in Orlando?

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