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Thunder assistant Hennigan to become new Orlando GM

Jun 20, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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Right now it seems every struggling NBA team wants to build on the “Oklahoma City” model. Because nailing three All-Stars in three consecutive drafts is cake. However, the Orlando Magic are taking this idea literally.

Orlando is about to hire OKC front office No. 2 Rob Hennigan as their new GM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (and multiple other reports).

He is currently the Thunder’s assistant GM for player personnel. Orlando president Alex Martins wants to mimic the Thunder organization’s excellent track record of drafting, player development and creating a winning culture.

Hennigan is very well respected around the league and this is a smart hire. He’s never been in the top job but he comes from the Spurs and Thunder and understands about building a culture of winning in the franchise. Which the Magic could use.

Welcome to your dream job Mr. Hennigan, we’d like you to handle just three little things for us.

1) Figure out what to do with Dwight Howard – either convince him to stay with us or trade him and get back equal value or at least as much as possible to jump-start our rebuilding process.

2) Find and hire a coach.

3) Have our team ready for the draft that is 8 days away.

That’s it. Good luck.

  1. pmd5319 - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I love the term “OKC Model” as if no one has ever drafted their key players before. Didn’t Sam Presti come from San Antonio? Didn’t the Spurs draft Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker? Didnt they have success with that group? This is absurd. I like OKC, but come on. Didn’t the Bulls draft Jordan and Pippen? Didn’t they do alright? I think I’m going to drive on the right hand side of the road tomorrow, it’s the “pmd5319 driving model.” or maybe I’ll put food in my mouth when I eat, but I think that’s the “OKC eating model”.

    • mickbong - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Calm down dude.

    • phaden27 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Sure PMD, dead on. The difference is the Thunder are actually an exciting team to watch, that’s how marketing works :D

    • tommy972 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Still hurt that the Thunder beat the Spurs huh?

  2. raidmagic - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Good hire!! Finally Magic fans have something to be happy about

  3. magicbucs - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    @pmd… Hennigan worked for the spurs also as an asst gm for many years. He’s a great scout also….

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