The Orlando Magic have officially hired Scott Skiles to be their head coach.
With big names such as Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks on the market, the Magic immediately targeted Skiles to take the reigns of their young team.
Skiles has a 443-433 record in 13 years of coaching the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. The Magic fired Jacque Vaughn in the middle of the season.
“Scott clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit,” Magic GM Rob Hennigan said in a team release. “Our young roster will benefit greatly from Scott’s extensive head-coaching experience and commitment to teaching smart, physical, unselfish basketball. We believe in Scott’s ability to establish a culture of winning habits and accountability that will help guide our team in a positive direction.”
The Magic are building around a young core that features Elfrid Payton (21 years old), Victor Oladipo (23), Aaron Gordon (19), Nikola Vucevic (24) and Evan Fournier (22). Tobias Harris, 22, is also on that list of hopefuls, but the restricted free agent has a poor history with Skiles from his time in Milwaukee after going from starter to end of the bench in Skiles’ final season in Milwaukee.
The Magic also hold the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft, where several solid options should be available.
The Magic finished 25-57 last season.