For the fifth straight season, the Orlando Magic won’t make the playoffs. Instead, the Magic are heading to the lottery after yet another subpar season.
With the Magic toiling near the bottom of the league for now half a decade, the team is reportedly looking to make some changes in the front office, and general manager Rob Hennigan’s job is in jeopardy.
From ESPN’s Marc Stein:
“The Orlando Magic are giving strong consideration to a big change in their front office, according to league sources.
“Sources told ESPN that Magic general manager Rob Hennigan’s job is under threat at season’s end in the wake of a fifth straight non-playoff season since he was hired.”
Hennigan did an okay job with the Dwight Howard trade when he first started working with the Magic. The hiring of Frank Vogel, while not successful, was at the very least, a fine hire. Yet besides those two moves, Hennigan has failed to get the Magic back on track after the trade of a franchise superstar like Howard.
From coaching to the Magic’s roster, Hennigan has just been all over the place. His decisions to have Jacque Vaughn and then Scott Skiles coach the Magic didn’t work out. And perhaps more importantly, Hennigan has made some rather poor decisions when it came to building Orlando’s roster.
Like with this past summer, the Magic made some strange win-now moves by signing Jeff Green and Bismack Biyombo, which seemed to run contrary to the development of their youthful roster. And in years past, Hennigan made some bad trades involving Tobias Harris, Serge Ibaka, and to a lesser extent, Maurice Harkless.
All of these decisions have the Magic remaining near the bottom of the league since Hennigan has taken over, so it is not too surprising to hear that Orlando is looking to make a change. And unless Hennigan is able to buy himself some time, the Magic will likely be looking in another direction sooner rather than later.