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Magic Make Jeff Bower Favorite For GM Position, According To Report

The Orlando Magic front office has had its share of ups and downs over the past year, but it seems to finally be trying to get things in order. After an odd report regarding Phil Jackson and a surprise first-year head coach, Orlando's apparently looking at more conventional routes of filling its general manager and coaching vacancies.

The Magic have said they plan to hire a new general manager before beginning their head coaching search. The favorite to help out in that search is, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, former New Orleans Hornets general manager (and coach) Jeff Bower.

The Orlando Magic's GM position remains vacant, with former Hornets GM Jeff Bower believed to be the favorite. Orlando is on track to have a GM in place with 7-10 days to spare before the June 28 draft, a person familiar with the process said.

Bower's credentials in the front office are strong considering he was in charge of the Hornets when they drafted Chris Paul and traded for Tyson Chandler, though it didn't end on a pleasant note in New Orleans when he was fired in July 2010. Since then, Bower's been mentioned as a candidate for nearly every open position, however, showing that he's respected throughout the league.

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