The Orlando Magic are set to fill their head-coaching vacancy within the next few days, reports longtime NBA scribe Peter Vecsey, by hiring Scott Skiles. Skiles was the "favorite [from the] outset" of Orlando's coaching search. Further, as Vecsey notes, Magic CEO Alex Martins served as the team's director of media relations during Skiles' tenure as its point guard.
Skiles, 51, owns a career coaching record of 443-433 (.506), including an 18-24 (.429) record in postseason play. The Milwaukee Bucks dismissed him after a 16-16 start to the 2012/13 campaign, and he has not coached since.
James Borrego coached the Magic to a 10-20 finish of the 2014/15 season after the team parted ways with Jacque Vaughn, the man it tabbed to lead its rebuilding effort just two seasons prior. Neither Vaughn nor Borrego had prior head-coaching experience. Thus, should the Magic hire Skiles, as Vecsey indicates is imminent, the club would be gaining a coach with a lengthy résumé, and one who may be better prepared to help its young players reach their potential.
Prior to coaching, Skiles played 10 NBA seasons, including five with the Magic. During his Orlando tenure, he set the NBA's single-game assist record (30) and earned Most Improved Player honors (1990/91).