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James Borrego leaves Magic, joins Spurs

Orlando's former interim head coach has returned to San Antonio as an assistant.

James Borrego
James Borrego
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that they have hired James Borrego for Gregg Popovich's coaching staff. Borrego finished the 2014/15 season as the Orlando Magic's interim head coach following the team's dismissal of Jacque Vaughn.

Scott Skiles, whom Orlando hired as its new coach in May, said he wanted to retain Borrego on his staff. Ultimately, Borrego chose to return to San Antonio, where he spent seven seasons of his coaching career.

Borrego tallied a 10-20 record as Orlando's head coach. He got his team to play harder and more cohesively than it did under Vaughn and appeared to have a strong relationship with his players. During his final meeting with the media, Borrego touted that relationship as one reason he'd be interested in remaining as the Magic's coach.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were also reportedly interested in bringing Borrego aboard their staff.

Skiles has yet to completely fill his Orlando staff, but he does appear set to hire Adrian Griffin as a top assistant.

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