Report: Frank Vogel met with Orlando, he’s “serious candidate” there

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Frank Vogel is not going to be out of a job for long.

After Larry Bird decided Vogel had been in Indiana too long, the successful coach has spoken to the Knicks’ brain trust, and he is a considered one of the leading candidates for the Memphis job. Now it appears he could be headed to Orlando, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. However, he has serious competition from Adrian Griffin.

The Orlando Magic are moving quickly in their head-coaching search, completing interviews with the franchise’s two top targets: Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin.

Griffin met with Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan on Tuesday in New York, and Vogel met with Magic officials on Monday, league sources told The Vertical….

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. Griffin was previously an assistant under Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls. Griffin offers the Magic continuity, an important commodity considering this core of players have had three different head coaches (Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego and Skiles) in the past two seasons.

Continuity matters, as does what the players want. However, the biggest factor should be the most obvious one — who is the best coach, particularly to bring along this group of young players. They made strides last season under Skiles on both ends of the floor, and GM Rob Hennigan needs to pick the coach who can best build on that.

If that’s Vogel, the Magic need to move fast because he is popular.