NBA Rumors: Best Destinations for Lame Duck Coach Stan Van Gundy

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IApril 6, 2012

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The drama continues to unfold in Orlando between current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy and his superstar diva, Dwight Howard.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who was in Orlando to cover Thursday's game between the Knicks and Magic, was the first to break the news that Van Gundy knows Howard has asked for him to be fired.

Magic beat writer Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel had more details:

Asked how he knows Howard asked for his dismissal, Van Gundy said, “I was told it was true by people in our management right from the top.”

It was an unbelievable scene, and those who have not seen the video are encouraged to take a look.

A great coach like Stan Van Gundy simply does not deserve the treatment he's received, and it seems like the coach's future is outside of Orlando.

Where would he fit best? There are a few teams that should consider bringing him aboard if he becomes a free agent in the offseason.


Milwaukee Bucks

There was a previous report from Peter Vecsey of the New York Post that Skiles put his home up for sale, and while the head coach said it was to downscale, Vecsey writes that there was a sense "Skiles was getting frustrated."

Every report from Vecsey should be taken with a grain of salt to say the least, but this isn't the first time that there have been rumblings Skiles could be in his final season at the helm in Milwaukee.

The Bucks need a strong voice who can command the locker room's attention, and with a changing team spearheaded by Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, Van Gundy could be a good fit. 

Washington Wizards

It would be a major surprise if Randy Wittman lands the head coaching gig on a full-time basis, and it's likely that Washington will explore all of its options before deciding on who will take over.

The Wizards are undoubtedly a major project, but the chance to coach a talented young star in John Wall as well as the top draft pick the franchise has coming this summer could entice Van Gundy that the future is brighter in D.C.

There is no question that the Wizards would have to overpay Van Gundy to walk through that door, but it could be worth it considering how much of a difference a coach of his caliber could make.


Portland Trail Blazers

Kaleb Canales took over for Nate McMillan once the latter was dismissed this season, and the young head coach has his Blazers playing very well.

Should Portland be looking to bring in a "big fish" to drive the ship, Van Gundy could work wonders with a core of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.

It's unlikely the team would be willing to shell out the coin to land him, but the current Magic head coach is exactly the type of candidate worth spending the big bucks on if a franchise is going to make a coaching splash.


Los Angeles Clippers

It's almost too perfect.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported back in March that Vinny Del Negro's job might be in jeopardy, and speculation continues to swirl that the head coach could get the boot in the offseason.

Enter Stan Van Gundy.

A team built around Chris Paul and Blake Griffin could bring Van Gundy to the promised land, and the coach would probably have a strong interest in taking over the Clippers should the job become available.

It's a sight many fans would love to see, and it's easy to see why that's the case.


Regardless of what happens to Van Gundy after the season, we can bet that he won't be out of work for long if the Orlando Magic decide to move in a different direction.