With two coaching positions in Charlotte and Portland and possibly one in Milwaukee opening up in the future, it's time to begin contemplating where former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy will be headed next year.
He's unlikely to take the year off, despite Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reporting that remains his preference. There are plenty of teams that would want him on their sideline with millions upon millions of dollars to offer.
Van Gundy is 371-208 in a coaching career that started off in 2003 with the Miami Heat. He led that team to the 2005 Conference Finals before "resigning" 21 games into the next season after a slow start. He'd then move on to Orlando in 2007, where he would lead the team to five consecutive seasons of at least 52 wins. He'd win as many as 59 and would proceed to lead the Magic to their second-ever NBA Finals in 2009.
Stan was let go this season, after a tumultuous 37-29 campaign in which the Magic became more of a circus sideshow than an actual team. The talk of Dwight Howard's upcoming free agency completely derailed the 2011-'12 campaign for the Magic, as they'd eventually lose in five games to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
It's worth noting, however, that the Magic had to play that series without Howard, who received back surgery a week before the playoffs started.
Van Gundy must be ecstatic to no longer be dealing with the Magic organization. While he certainly won't be going to any team that can call itself a legitimate contender, he will be taking over a team that's most likely in need of serious development. Van Gundy has worked well with young teams before—as evidenced by his coaching in his first year with the Heat—and can help average teams make the next leap, as shown with the Magic.
Any team that ends up hiring Van Gundy will be extremely fortunate. We look at six teams who could use the services of one of the most colorful personalities you'll find in sports today.