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Magic ownership driving rumored Scott Skiles hire, according to report

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A report indicates Orlando owner Rich DeVos wants his club to hire Scott Skiles as its coach.

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If the Orlando Magic do ultimately hire Scott Skiles as their next head coach, it may be at the request of team ownership, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

According to Berger, Skiles is the favorite to land Orlando's coaching gig "at the behest of owner Rich DeVos." Peter Vecsey reported early Monday morning that the Magic's bringing Skiles aboard was imminent. That story came on the heels of Yahoo! Sports' report that Skiles was the frontrunner for the position.

Skiles and DeVos have a relationship that spans nearly the entirety of Magic history. Skiles played point guard in Orlando for five seasons, beginning in its inaugural 1989/90 campaign. The DeVos family purchased the team in 1991.

Skiles, 51, owns a career coaching record of 443-433 (.506). He last coached the Milwaukee Bucks to a 16-16 record to open the 2012/13 season before leaving the team.

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