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Shortly after the Orlando Sentinel reported a plan to bring Phil Jackson to the Orlando Magic in a front-office role had died, Sports Illustrated reports there's still a chance the 13-time NBA champion could be Orlando-bound. According to Sam Amick, the team saw "a revised version of the proposal" on Tuesday.
In this arrangement, brokered by former Magic guard Sam Vincent, who also played under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, Jackson would work remotely--"likely from Los Angeles," says Amick--in an advisory capacity with the Magic. He would be required to spend one week per month in Orlando. On top of a hefty salary--Amick notes he earned $12 million in his last season as the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach--he would receive a stake of ownership in the franchise.
Vincent would also receive a front-office job. Brian Shaw, another former Magic guard who played under Jackson with the Lakers and later served as an assistant to Jackson, would be the team's next head coach. Hall-of-Fame forward Scottie Pippen would serve as Shaw's lead assistant.
Amick says Magic CEO Alex Martins does not like the plan, as he would prefer whomever he hires to replace Otis Smith to be in the office on a daily basis.