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NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson to Orlando Magic "Unlikely" to Happen, According to Report

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Though Sam Vincent's plan to bring Hall-of-Fame coach Phil Jackson to the Orlando Magic's front office is still alive, it's unlikely to come to fruition, reports Josh Robbins. The Orlando Sentinel scribe writes that the plan "probably will not gain traction with team officials." Vincent, a former player who spent three seasons with the Magic and played under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, met with Jackson's agent to discuss the plan. Vincent is working independently to secure Jackson's services; he is not employed by the Magic in any capacity, official or otherwise.

Under the terms of the current arrangement, reported Tuesday night by Sports Illustrated, Jackson would work remotely in a player-development role, only present in Orlando for one week per month, during which he'd be required to make six public appearances on the team's behalf. He would also receive a stake in ownership. Vincent would earn a front-office job. Brian Shaw, who played for and coached under Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, would serve as head coach, with Scottie Pippen as his lead assistant. Brian Schmitz, also of the Orlando Sentinel, reports Shaw's staff would also include former Jackson assistants Frank Hamblen and Jim Cleamons.

According to Robbins, Magic CEO Alex Martins would prefer to hire someone who'd work in Orlando's offices daily. And, as Robbins points out, the Magic don't need Jackson on board to secure Shaw's services as head coach.

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