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NBA Rumors: Scott Perry Draws Interest from Orlando Magic for Assistant General Manager, According to Report


New Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan fired Assistant GM Dave Twardzik and six scouts Sunday, and according to a Twitter post by Chris Broussard of ESPN, he already has his sights set on a replacement for Twardzik: Scott Perry, the Detroit Pistons' Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Perry has an extensive background in basketball, having served as an assistant coach with Michigan, UC-Berkeley, and Detroit Mercy prior to his work with the Pistons. He also worked alongside Hennigan for one season with the Seattle SuperSonics, where Perry was the team's Assistant GM and Hennigan served as the Director of College and Player Personnel.

Broussard isn't clear on how Orlando is targeting Perry--he doesn't indicate if the team has requested permission to interview him, for example--so it's hard to gauge Hennigan's level of interest in his former colleague as of yet. Vincent Goodwill, who covers the Pistons for the Detroit News, is skeptical Perry would even take the job if offered. "Not sure if I see Scott Perry making a lateral move," he writes. "I know he wants to be in the first chair of the team."

Hennigan looks to be distancing himself from Otis Smith, his predecessor, by assembling a decision-making collective in the front office. Bringing in Perry, or someone similar--someone with whom he's worked before and in whom he trusts--would go a long way toward establishing that collective. For more on Hennigan's approach to team management, please read Josh Robbins' excellent profile of him in the Orlando Sentinel.

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