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Former Kansas Star Jacque Vaughn is the new head coach of the Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic have made huge basketball news on Saturday -- but it doesn't involve superstar center Dwight Howard. Instead, the Magic have hired a new head coach to replace Stan Van Gundy, and they hired former Kansas star Jacque Vaughn to take over the reins.
SB Nation's Andy Hutchins shed some insight into Vaughn's hiring:
Vaughn had been rumored to be the top candidate for the Magic's top job since, at least, the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, where he was coaching the Spurs' Summer League squad before mysteriously disappearing from the bench. Vaughn had been a Spurs assistant since 2010, having jumped directly into the coaching ranks under Gregg Popovich after retiring from the NBA following the 2009 season, when he served as a reserve point guard for San Antonio.
We'll see if Vaughn's hiring will have any effect on Howard's trade demands, but more than likely, it won't.
Vaughn spent four years at the University of Kansas, and left as Kansas' all-time leader in assists, though that record has since been broken. Vaughn enjoyed a 12 year playing career in the NBA, and was an NBA champion in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs.
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