Now that we’ve finally gotten past the ridiculousness of Shaquille O’Neal actually being a serious candidate for the Orlando Magic GM job, we can finally focus on candidates that have a real chance of taking over in Orlando.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Magic are planning to begin scheduling interviews today for the job. And one of the first candidates they would like to speak with is current Los Angeles Lakers GM, Mitch Kupchak.
Among the characteristics said to be most prized by Magic CEO Alex Martins is championship experience. So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles, Kupchak is expected to be among the first wave of candidates the Magic pursue, one of the sources said.
In addition to reaching out to free-agent candidates, the team’s list also will include executives who are under contract with other teams. Martins also is expected to begin contacting teams Friday to ask permission to interview such candidates, and Kupchak — with multiple championships on his resume — will be among the obvious targets, sources said.
Kupchak has one year left on his contract, and made it clear after the Lakers were ousted in the second round for the second consecutive year that there will be some changes in the organization. Hiring Kupchak is not without hurdles — front-office sources find it difficult to imagine him leaving Southern California — but if the opportunity is right, the changes Kupchak alluded to could involve him.
Berger also says the Magic want to talk to Pacers general manager David Morway, former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, and former Portland GM and current Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard. But out of all those names, Kupchak is the most intriguing.
Yes, it’s highly unlikely that Kupchak leaves Los Angeles, but there have been rumblings that ever since Jim Buss took over control of the Lakers from his father Jerry, Kupchak’s power in the organization has been dwindling.
Just something to keep an eye on.