The Magic have fired general managerRob Hennigan, the team announcedThursday morning.Hennigan had been with the team for five seasons, missing the playoffs each year. This season saw Orlando go29-53,the fifth-worst record in the league.
RELEASE: Magic dismiss Rob Hennigan as general manager— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) April 13, 2017
Matt Lloyd named interim GM pic.twitter.com/QyNXYNgrtV
Hennigan came under some criticism lately when a photo taken of a player signing a contract accidentally showed the team's offseason plans. Confidential information, including a potential trade involving Aaron Gordon, was made public when it shouldn't have been.
According to USA Today, that moment played a role in his firing.
Orlando would likely have fired Rob Hennigan anyway, but the whiteboard saga was seen as an embarrassing last straw. https://t.co/bif1UhwgIE— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 13, 2017
Assistant GM Matt Lloyd will replaceHennigan on an interim basis.In their statement, the Magic said Lloyd will be a candidate in the team's search for a long-term GM. The Orlando Sentinel also reported the team was interested in Grant Hill, but the former player told a Magic reporter he wasn't interested .
"NO, I'm not interested," Hill said. "Ithoroughly enjoy my ownership role as Vice-Chairman of the Atlanta Hawks."
Hill was involved in a group,led byTony Ressler, that bought a majority ownership stake inthe Atlanta Hawks.
Another potential candidate could beMitch Kupchak, who won twoNBA titles as the former GM of the Lakers. No reports have linked Kupchak to Orlando yet, but there are only so many options out there.