Report: Scott Brooks is Magic’s second choice, if they can’t hire Tom Thibodeau

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The Magic are rumored to be waiting for Tom Tom Thibodeau, whose breakup from the Bulls seems very possible.

But if Orlando can’t get Thibodeau?

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

The runner-up candidate, according to sources, is recently fired Thunder coach Scott Brooks, with Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry said to be in the mix as well if Thibodeau doesn’t pan out.

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Brooks makes sense as both someone the Magic would hire and someone they should hire.

Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan, who recently signed a contract extension, previously worked with Brooks in Oklahoma City. Brooks helped the Thunder set a strong culture of playing hard. That might be just what the Magic need in this stage of their development. They have young talent and will have a little more after the upcoming draft. In the Eastern Conference, a stronger system could put them in the playoff race.

Gentry, who wants to become a head coach again, is probably a higher-upside candidate, but I’m not sure his offensive focus would mesh well with Orlando’s vision for the team.