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Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has one year remaining on his contract, but rumors that his days in Orlando are numbered persisted throughout the season as reports of his relationship with superstar center Dwight Howard souring grew in frequency. The Indiana Pacers eliminated the Magic from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday in what might prove to be Van Gundy's last game at Orlando's helm.
"Yeah, I want to come back," Van Gundy told the media afterward, according to David Baumann of Bright House Sports Networks. "But that's not up to me. As far as the speculation... who gives a damn?" Baumann reports Van Gundy and team architect Otis Smith, officially Orlando's President of Basketball Operations, will face a review from team CEO Alex Martins and Chairman Dan DeVos.
Orlando has qualified for the playoffs in each of Van Gundy's five seasons, which include two Eastern Conference Finals appearances and one trip to the NBA Finals, just the second such accomplishment in franchise history.
Van Gundy made headlines in April when he revealed he knew all season long that Howard asked Magic management to fire him, a disclosure which reportedly angered Howard, whose choices to replace Van Gundy reportedly include Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and Pacers assistant Brian Shaw. Howard told TMZ during the playoffs that he's spoken with Van Gundy and his Magic teammates since leaving the team to undergo back surgery.