After rumors that Adonal Foyle interviewed with the Orlando Magic for their General Manager position spread Wednesday, the 13-year NBA veteran, currently the team's Director of Player Development, took to Twitter to deny them. "Let me be abundantly clear I have never been interviewed for a GM job with the Orlando Magic," said Foyle. "Further Otis is my friend and mentor and I would never disrespect him in this manner."
Foyle here refers to Otis Smith, Orlando's President of Basketball Operations. The men have a relationship dating back to their days with the Golden State Warriors, with Smith in the front office and Foyle as a player.
Jarrod Rudolph, the man who first reported on Foyle's interview with Orlando, revealed new details via RealGM. According to Rudolph, Orlando interviewed Foyle for the position prior to the March 15th NBA trading deadline. Foyle served as the "right-hand man" to Magic CEO Alex Martins as Orlando worked to trade Dwight Howard. Further, says Rudolph, Foyle was the Magic's "point man" in Howard trade discussions with the New Jersey Nets and even met with the Nets' Billy King in person.
Other organizations, including the Charlotte Bobcats, are interested in hiring Foyle away from the Magic, while Orlando is intent on keeping the Colgate and John F. Kennedy graduate.
Foyle joined Orlando's front office in 2010 upon his retirement.