Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jacque Vaughn, Brian Shaw Among Finalists For Orlando Magic Head Coaching Job

Vaughn, a former Jayhawks point guard, could become the first major hire by new GM Rob Hennigan.

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Jacque Vaughn Among Final Candidates For Orlando Head Coach

Former Kansas Jayhawks point guard Jacque Vaughn may have moved a step closer to becoming the head coach of the Orlando Magic on Sunday after Brian Shaw withdrew his name from consideration for the job. Shaw is rumored as a candidate in Portland and Orlando's rebuilding process probably suits someone like Vaughn who has been with San Antonio the last few seasons better.

Another candidate, Golden State Warriors assistant Michael Malone, is also reportedly out of the running leaving just Vaughn, Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek and former Pistons coach Michael Curry as the other known candidates.

Vaughn spent his last three seasons as a player with the Spurs under Gregg Popovich. After retiring Vaughn joined Popovich's staff. Malone was thought to be the other frontrunner but if he is out of the running this may be Vaughn's job to lose.

For more coverage of the Magic's coaching search, check out their SB Nation team blog the Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Jacque Vaughn, Brian Shaw Among Finalists For Orlando Magic Head Coach

The Orlando Magic have decided to move on from Dwight Howard and back to their lack of a head coach, which means that a list of finalists has finally emerged. While Quin Snyder was once considered to be a possibility in Orlando (along with the Charlotte Bobcats), the former Missouri coach is now gone. Instead, a new list of five candidates is out with Jacque Vaughn as one of the possibilities.

Vaughn is a former point guard for the Kansas Jayhawks who has served as an active player as recently as 2009. Then with the San Antonio Spurs, Vaughn traded his uniform for a clipboard and became an assistant coach. If he were able to land a head coaching position so quickly, it would truly be a surprise and even his inclusion here is a nod to how promising his future stock must be.

For more coverage of the Magic's coaching search, check out their SB Nation team blog the Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Quin Snyder, Jacque Vaughn Among Finalists For Orlando Magic Job

Vaughn, a former Jayhawks PG, and Snyder, the ex-Missouri coach, will interview for an NBA head coaching job.

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