The Orlando Magic officially announced Friday the hiring of former Pacers coach Frank Vogel as their new coach.
From the Magic:
"While we were conducting our search, it became very evident that Frank [Vogel] is a terrific fit for our organization," said (GM Rob) Hennigan. "He is a strong, hard-working and experienced leader, who will continue to instill smart, physical, unselfish and defensive-minded basketball in our group. We welcome him into the Magic family, as we move forward in a positive direction."
"In Frank, we feel we have someone with tremendous perseverance, character and great balance," said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. "He is an effective communicator, who brings a wealth of strategic and postseason experience, and is someone who is incredibly excited to embrace the journey ahead. We are excited to welcome Frank and his wonderful family to our Magic family."
For more on the Magic's hiring of Vogel, read our four things to know here.
The move means that the best available candidate for the Grizzlies and Rockets jobs is off the table. The Grizzlies continue to interview candidates while Houston has reportedly zeroed in on Mike D'Antoni and assistant Stephen Silas. The Magic acquiring Vogel is a coup for a team that unexpectedly lost their coach when Scott Skiles resigned after just a year on the job two weeks ago.
The Magic come out as big winners in the NBA coaching carousel.