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NBA Rumors: Rob Hennigan the Third Finalist for Orlando Magic GM, According to Reports

Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The third finalist for the Orlando Magic's open General Manager position is Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM Rob Hennigan, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Wojnarowski had previously reported that former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower and current San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey were two of Orlando's three finalists. Hennigan and Lindsey will meet with the DeVos family, who own the Magic, in Michigan within the next few days. Bower will as well, but he has yet to schedule his final interview.

According to Ken Berger of, one possible reason for the staggered final meeting schedule could be that the team wants to hire two people, but that proposition is tricky, as neither Lindsey nor Hennigan seems likely to leave their current positions "anything less than complete control."

Orlando parted ways with Otis Smith, its President of Basketball Operations, on May 21st. Smith's title included GM duties, and it's possible that the Magic will indeed try to hire two people to replace him.

At 30--the same age as Magic point guard Jameer Nelson--Hennigan is one of the league's youngest executives. The Thunder list his responsibilities as "overseeing the team’s professional, college, and international scouting departments, as well as assisting GM Sam Presti with all player personnel matters and day-to-day management of basketball operations."

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