The Orlando Magic are expected to part ways with head coach Frank Vogel according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Orlando is 21-51, but have gone 13-47 since their early hot start.
Stein in his New York Times newsletter on Vogel, from Dan Feldman of NBC Sports:
“Orlando’s ongoing malaise, especially after the promise of an unexpected 8-4 start, make it a widely held assumption in coaching circles that Vogel will be dismissed after the franchise’s sixth successive season out of the playoffs.”
New Orlando Magic Team President Jeff Weltman inherited Vogel as part of the last regime. It should come as no surprise that he wants to start fresh with a coach he helps select. While the team’s now half-decade long struggles are not all Vogel’s fault, this news should not be surprising.
Vogel has one year remaining on his contract, meaning that the team would have to buy him out of it and fire him. That seems likely, as the Magic front office would otherwise have to punt on another season with a coach they do not have faith in. The Indiana Pacers fired Frank Vogel just two seasons ago, after the team went in a new direction schematically.