We have named Jamahl Mosley as our head coach.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) July 11, 2021
This is reportedly a four-year deal (likely with a team option for the final year). Mosley replaces Steve Clifford, who felt it was time to move on as the Magic enter a rebuild.
Mosley has a reputation for player development and the communication skills to build a strong relationship with players, which are exactly the skills needed in Orlando. This is a good hire.
Mosley was frustrated he did not get an interview in Dallas when Rick Carlisle stepped away from that job — Carlisle didn’t even recommend his lead assistant to take his place (Jason Kidd ultimately got the job) — but this could be a better spot. Something he can put his own stamp on. Last season, Orlando traded the win-now veterans on their roster — Nikola Vucevic to Chicago, Aaron Gordon to Denver, Evan Fournier to Boston — to focus on rebuilding, and now they have the guy to lead it.