Rob Hennigan
GM Rob Hennigan had a rocky 5-year stint at the helm for the Orlando Magic (Kim Klement/USAToday Sports)

Ever since he was hired by the Orlando Magic years ago, front office executive Rob Hennigan has faced heaps of scrutiny and criticism for his team’s lack of success. The Magic hired Hennigan in 2012 and he took the helm as the youngest General Manager in NBA history at just 30 years old.

That experiment didn’t go as planned, however, as the Magic suffered through their worst 5 year stretch in franchise history finishing with a paltry 132-278 record during that span under Hennigan. However, now both sides will have a fresh start as Hennigan has moved on from the Magic back to where it all started with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Following from Mike Scotto of Basketball Insiders:

Now still only 35, Rob Hennigan worked with Sam Presti and the Thunder for four years before taking the job with the Orlando Magic years ago. OKC is hoping to get the bright, young mind back that helped OKC become a Western Conference powerhouse instead of the GM that sunk the ship in Orlando.

After the Thunder’s Assistant GM in Michael Winger decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers as their new GM, there was a major vacancy in that OKC front office and they may have just found their guy.

During his time with Orlando, Hennigan’s marquee move was acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Thunder which gave OKC the requisite package to then successfully swing a trade for superstar Paul George earlier this summer. Hopefully, Hennigan can come in and play a strong compliment to Sam Presti and the rest of the OKC front office as the Thunder will have some big questions to address next offseason.

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