Despite the revival of talks on Tuesday night, it looks increasingly unlikely that Phil Jackson's plan to be in the front office of the Orlando Magic will not come to fruition. Existing Magic officials are not keen on handing over the basketball operations to a guy like Jackson that will not be in Orlando regularly, reports Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
The latest attempt by Sam Vincent to broker an agreement that would place Phil Jackson and Vincent in the Orlando Magic front office probably will not gain traction with team officials, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
In their search to replace Otis Smith, the Magic plan to hire someone who will be in Orlando on a full-time basis as well as someone who has experience working at the highest levels of a basketball operations department.
Jackson's plan, as presented by former Bobcats coach Sam Vincent, would have Jackson in Orlando once a week, Brian Shaw as the head coach and Scottie Pippen as a lead assistant. However, the Magic seem more interested in finding a general manager who will be in the office every day. Robbins reports that Magic team president Alex Martins continues to work to file a final list of general manager candidates to owner Rich DeVos.