The Associated PressORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have fired general manager Rob Hennigan, saying Thursday it was time to go in a different direction after missing the postseason for five straight seasons.
“The facts are we regressed this year and we made the decision that five years under this leadership team was enough to show improvement, which we have not,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said Thursday. “I believe we have provided all of the assets, the autonomy and the tools necessary over the past five years in order to build a successful program.”
Hennigan didn’t come close to getting it done. At 30, he was the youngest general manager in the NBA when he was hired by the Magic in June 2012. But the Magic never won enough under Hennigan’s direction, missing the postseason all five years of his tenure and posting a 132-278 (.322) record — the second-worst in the NBA over the five seasons and the worst five-year stretch in team history. The Magic finished this season 29-53 after entering the year with expectations of breaking through to the postseason under first-year coach Frank Vogel.
Magic assistant general manager Matt Lloyd was named the interim GM while the team searches for Hennigan’s replacement. Martins said Lloyd would also be a candidate for the permanent job, but said an exhaustive search for Hennigan’s replacement is in the works.
Martins wouldn’t give specifics on the search, only offering that he will look at some candidates that are currently in the playoffs and that the role could shift to president of basketball operations.
“This organization has seen great success over the years but this five-year period has unfortunately not seen that same success,” said Martins, who also fired assistant GM Scott Perry. “We feel as if we have fallen behind several of the teams that started this process at the same time that we did or even after we had started.”