NBA Rumors: Chuck Person an Orlando Magic Head-Coaching Candidate, According to Report

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After dismissing head coach Stan Van Gundy, the Orlando Magic are already expected to consider hiring Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, but another name has entered this mix: that of Chuck Person, the former NBA player and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach. This news comes from separate reports via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and David Baumann of Bright House Sports Networks.

According to Amick, Person has interviewed with the Chicago Bulls and Warriors and is "one of the few assistants to gain the trust of Phil Jackson before he retired." Baumann says Person, like Malone and Shaw, would come with the approval of Magic center Dwight Howard, assuming of course that Orlando retains the superstar center. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported previously that the Magic may part ways with the three-time Defensive Player of the Year in order to initiate a full-scale rebuild of the franchise, which is just four seasons removed from an NBA Finals appearance.

Person's coaching experience includes stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Pacers, and Sacramento Kings.

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