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Report: Magic to make decision on new GM by end of week

May 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

First comes the new general manager. Then comes the decision on Dwight Howard.

The first part of that decision could come by the end of the week, reports magicbasketballonline.com.

A source close to the decision making process within the Orlando Magic organization has informed me that the team is close, and likely to name their new General Manager by the end of the week….

More importantly, my source has also said that the new GM will make the decision on Dwight.

Is there really much of a decision there? Either he commits — which by all reports he is not willing to do — or you have to shop him around. Why would you invite the circus of last season back to town?

As for who gets to make that call? A lot of people have been linked to the job. The biggest names are former Knicks GM Donnie Walsh (who the Knicks said could talk to other teams) and current Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak (who may not have been given that right). Also discussed have been former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard and current Thunder assistant GM Rob Hennigan.

Whoever gets the job, he better like rebuilding projects.

  1. BigBeachBall - May 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Michael jordan is waiting by the phone.

  2. knightrider1755 - May 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    What? No Isiah Thomas?

  3. raidmagic - May 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Exciting time to be a Magic fan really, it appears managment is willing to actually put a front office together rather than keep muddling along as they have been.

  4. detroitcityryda - May 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    U mean Howard to make news on new GM

  5. ch8878 - May 30, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    What happened with these guys from this post yesterday or the day before ?

    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/27/report-magic-targeting-thunder-spurs-executives/

    Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and Orlando has been granted permission to talk with Weaver, sources said. The Spurs’ OK of permission for Lindsey is imminent, sources said.

    Orlando has also been granted permission to speak with Oklahoma City’s assistant GM Rob Hennigan, who came into the league with the Spurs.

  6. ezmagic - May 30, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Hey Kurt every time a GM gets fired and a new one takes over its always going to be a rebuilding project. NO MATTER THE TEAM. The new GM will bring in what he likes, not the trash left behind, like most of your articles…ha!

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