It’s just about official. The Orlando Magic has hired Jamahl Mosley as head coach according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, replacing former coach Steve Clifford. Orlando makes their move a little later than other teams but gets a good hire in Mosley. With a young core down in Orlando, which was made even younger via trade earlier this season with Chicago, this is a chance for a first-time head coach to really make an impact on his roster.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2021
The Magic only has two players aged 30 or older, James Ennis III and Terrence Ross. The exciting parts of this team for a new young coach include some very young and underappreciated talent. Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, R.J. Hampton, and Wendell Carter Jr., and Markelle Fultz, give Orlando a core they can develop or market to other teams if they want to. Some of these young players have been written off such as Carter Jr and Fultz.
This season the Magic didn’t have a great result. They finished 21-51 overall and were one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. However, they seem to be trying to get their act together. At the trade deadline, the Magic were one of the most active teams in the league and have reworked their roster. Now they can choose to develop their young roster or make even more moves at the upcoming NBA Draft, in the free agency period, or elsewhere.
As for new head coach Jamahl Mosley, he will be signing a 4-year deal. Mosley got his start in coaching in the league as a player development coach for the Nuggets. He was moved up to assistant after two years and since 2010 has moved from the Cavaliers to the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant. The Magic have a solid hire that should be able to help them rework their poor image in the Eastern Conference and the NBA.
Mosley has agreed-in-principle to a four-year deal to become the Magic’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/3OHQmiwB52
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 11, 2021