Doc Rivers denied the rumor that he’d take over the Magic.
But that doesn’t mean Orlando will maintain the status quo.
The Orlando Magic are giving strong consideration to a big change in their front office, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that Magic general manager Rob Hennigan’s job is under threat at season’s end in the wake of a fifth straight non-playoff season since he was hired.
The case against Hennigan is damning.
His Orlando teams have been consistently bad – 20-62, 23-59, 25-57, 35-47 and now 25-45. His first-round picks — Andrew Nicholson, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja — have not become stars. His costly additions to fast-track the rebuild – Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo, Jeff Green and D.J. Austin – have collectively flopped. His coaches – Jacque Vaughn, Scott Skiles and Frank Vogel – have failed to muster any momentum.
No, Hennigan didn’t have much lottery luck. But he also practically gave away Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless and built a roster overloaded with bigs. Hennigan can’t chalk up the Magic’s problems to bad fortune.
Orlando will end the season with yet another losing record, a middling lottery chance, a roster devoid of significant promise and a fair amount of long-term salary outlays. Why would the Magic trust the man who got them into this mess with getting them out of it?