If O'Quinn is issued a qualifying offer, he would become a restricted free agent with the Magic able to match any offer sheet O'Quinn signs with another team.
O'Quinn is in his third season with the Magic and averages 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 50 games.
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
Citing general soreness in his left foot, the
Gordon missed more than 30 games earlier this season after fracturing the foot in November. In 19 games, he is averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Forward
The Magic are 13 1/2-point underdogs.
It was O'Quinn's third double-double of the season and seventh of his career.
O'Quinn shot 5-10 from the field. He hit 4-5 of his free throw attempts, finishing with 14 points. O'Quinn was active on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds.
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