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Report: Walsh out of running, Magic GM search down to five

Jun 4, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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There have been rumors the Magic are very close to naming a new general manager. If that is true, it will not be former Knicks and Pacers GM Donnie Walsh taking the helm.

That according to David Aldridge at NBA.com (in his must-read Monday column). Walsh pulled himself out of the running, and is not going to Indiana either.

So who is left?

The Magic’s GM list is five: former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver, Thunder assistant GM and head of player personnel Rob Hennigan and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower.

Magic officials have said the new GM will make the call on Dwight Howard and whether or not to trade him. Which if Howard is not going to commit to stay is a no brainer. Then the GM chooses the coach. Basically, this GM gets to oversee the rebuilding of the Magic. So it’s a big choice.

  1. lorddarkhelmet - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Honestly, a very good list. If you are a Magic fan you’ve gotta feel a lot better about your direction than the Blazer fans.

  2. alexb64 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Well according to reports Jeff Bower is the favorite since he has ties to Alex Martin, which might not be so good because he seems pretty similar to Otis Smith. I’m a Hornets fan. He’s had a couple of nice draft picks, but the big one was Chris Paul which was more about Atlanta’s stupidity than his savvy. He was pretty awful in terms of free agent contracts. About the only difference I see is his draft record is better by about 2 picks since Smith didn’t draft Howard.

  3. jetstizzi85 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    This list is promising. Guys who have had a hand in building young talented teams in the past….exactly what the Magic need

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