The Orlando Magic are continuing the search for their next head coach, and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Orlando has interviewed Spurs assistant Ime Udoka. The Spurs assistant coach, according to Wojnarowski, also interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy with the Charlotte Hornets.
Spurs assistant coaches have been in high-demand as of late, with fellow Spurs assistant James Borrego interviewing with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. The Hornets, according to reports, scheduled a meeting with Etorre Messina, another Spurs assistant coach.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that along with Udoka, the Magic are talking with Portland Trailblazers assistant coach David Vanterpool to fill the vacancy.
Udoka, a seven-year NBA vet who played with the Portland Trailblazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Knicks, and Sacramento Kings, spent three seasons as a player for the Spurs. For his career, he averaged 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and an assist per game.
Upon his retirement in 2012, Udoka joined the Spurs coaching staff, winning a title with the team in 2014.
After firing head coach Frank Vogel following two underwhelming seasons and a 54-110 record, the candidates for the Magic job aren’t lining up by the droves. The Magic have also, reportedly, scheduled an interview with Jerry Stackhouse of 905 Raptors.
Since firing Stan Van Gundy in 2012, the Magic have not found much success, and have missed the postseason for six consecutive years in the meantime.