Orlando Magic Hire Rob Hennigan for Their GM Vacancy
The wait is finally over for the city of Orlando as the Magic have finally hired former general manager Otis Smith's successor. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the organization has decided to sign Rob Hennigan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This comes right after a report saying Orlando had narrowed its search down to three executives. The other two finalist were former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower and San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey.
Hennigan is an intriguing pick, as his youth is a bit concerning and raises a few questions. At only 30 years old, the Magic now possess the youngest GM in the entire league. There are even a few players currently on the roster who are older than the recently acquired manager.
However, his experience—gained through his tenure with a franchise that built arguably the most talented team in the Western Conference from scratch—will be quite valuable to Orlando.
Right from the start, the young Hennigan will have to face the daunting "Dwightmare" debacle currently destroying the franchise. Despite declining his early-termination offer to become a free agent this offseason, Dwight Howard is rumored to still be searching for a trade to send him out of the city that drafted him in 2004.
Earlier this season, the DeVos family, the owners of the team, was interested in gaining established veterans for the All-NBA center's talents. This hire, however, shows that Orlando may want to build a team through the draft, smart signings and young talent.
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