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The Orlando Magic have expanded their search for their next General Manager to include former Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Penn, currently an ESPN analyst, served the Trail Blazers as the team's Vice President of Basketball Operations until his dismissal in 2010. Prior to earning that title, Portland employed Penn as an assistant GM to Kevin Pritchard.
Pritchard, now with the Indiana Pacers, is another person under consideration for the Orlando gig. "A reunion of the duo who had so much success in Portland could be among the options Magic CEO Alex Martins is considering," Berger writes. The two worked well together, with the CBSSports.com scribe noting Pritchard's strength in personnel dovetailing nicely with Penn's expertise in talent evaluation and salary-cap management.
Along with Pritchard and Penn, Orlando is considering former New Orleans Hornets executive Jeff Bower, assistant GMs Troy Weaver and Rob Hennigan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and assistant GM Dennis Lindsey of the San Antonio Spurs.
Berger reported Monday the Magic intend to have a new GM in place with at least one week to spare before the 2012 NBA Draft, which is scheduled for June 28th. Bower is believed to be the favorite.