Orlando Magic’s GM and Coach Search Heating Up
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The Orlando Magic are expected to put together a list of finalists for their general manager position by next weekend, according to sources close to the situation.
Former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, former Portland Trail Blazers vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver are all under consideration.
Sources also revealed that they have all been asked to consider Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone and Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford in their search for a head coach.
Bower is the perceived favorite since he is the only candidate with experience at the position.
Regardless of who gets the GM job, Malone is expected to be the frontrunner for the head coaching position.
The Magic fired general manager Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy on May 22nd.
With those leadership roles vacant the Magic are at a standstill with All-Star center Dwight Howard, who will be a free agent at the end of the 2012-13 season and is rumored to want out before then.
Stay tuned to HOOPSWORLD for more on this situation as it develops.