Magic personnel are wondering how Nicholson will be utilized by a new coach next season. Both Jacque Vaughn and interim coach James Borrego haven't been able to incorporate the forward's inside-outside scoring abilities into the offense.
Nicholson has played just 18 games, averaging 3.1 points on 35.8 percent shooting.
The Magic are working with Nicholson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, to move the big man to a new team. The reason for this is due to the depth in Orlando's frontcourt, which is preventing playing time for Nicholson.
During the 2014-15 season, Nicholson is averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Gordon is averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. It remains to be seen what kind of role he'll have off the bench.
Orlando is a 3 1/2-point home underdog against Los Angeles.
After a week of reports that the front office was not happy with his job, the
General manager Rob Hennigan released the following statement:
"Jacque (Vaughn) has been a trusted friend and colleague," said Hennigan. "We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career."
Vaughn's team was in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, the second-longest slide in his tenure. They also own the fifth-worst record in the NBA (15-37), which puts them 13th in the Eastern Conference, 7 1/2 games behind the eighth and final playoff spot.
Vaughn was an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs before replacing Stan Van Gundy as coach of the Magic in 2012, following the Dwight Howard era. The 39-year-old was tasked to rebuild the team after Van Gundy led Orlando to an NBA Finals appearance in 2009, drafting players like
Nicholson has already missed the past four games, so the news shouldn't come as a surprise for him. Harkless had been seeing time with Tobias Harris sidelined, but will not play now that Harris is ready to return.
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