A mere week after the shocking resignation of Scott Skiles, the Orlando Magic appear to have their next head coach.
According to the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins, the Magic and former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel have agreed in principle to a deal. Fox 35's Adam Shadoff added that a deal between Vogel and the Magic should be finalized by Friday.
The Magic moved very quickly in hiring Vogel, something the team had not done in their previous two coaching searches under Rob Hennigan. Getting a deal done with Vogel made sense for the Magic, and the short amount of time it took should not surprise many with four other open coaching jobs Vogel could've accepted.
In five and a half seasons with the Pacers, Vogel led the team to the playoffs in five of those years. In his five full seasons as coach, his teams never finished outside of the top-9 in defensive efficiency, something that the Magic think they can do with the pieces they have in place.
Take into consideration that Vogel also took a rebuilding team and quickly turned them around, and the hiring makes even more sense.
The 42-year-old Vogel will be the Magic's 12th head coach in their franchise's history, and third in the last 15 months.
Along with Vogel, the Magic reportedly interviewed assistant coach Adrian Griffin, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Venterpool, and former Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
Griffin, who has two years left on his contract, could stay with the Magic as an assistant, according to Robbins. Griffin, who is one of the top assistants in the league, could also look to move on to a potential associate head coaching job, or reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota.