At this point he's being labeled the favorite, and the buzz on Twitter is that the job is likely his. Jacque Vaughn was playing in the NBA only a few seasons ago, retiring after the 2008-09 season. Now he's on the verge of becoming the new head coach of the Orlando Magic.
The Magic have been searching for a new head coach amid the rumors of Dwight Howard's next location, and new general manager Rob Hennigan placed the candidates on hold for a bit in the midst of it all. Hennigan has a lot on his plate coming over from Oklahoma City, but as he's picked up the resumes once again for the coaching position, Vaughn has been in the mix all the while.
Currently it's reportedly down to three candidates with Michael Curry and Lindsey Hunter as the other two. Vaughn is currently an assistant coach with the Spurs after retiring with the same team. The former Kansas Jayhawks star also played with the Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets and Orlando in a career that spanned 12 seasons.
Tony Mejia notes, "Vaughn was part of the NBA champion Spurs when Hennigan was on staff in San Antonio in 2007 and is the youngest of the candidates, having only turned 37 in February. He's also the one with the strongest Magic ties, having started a career-high 48 games for the 2002-03 Orlando squad, averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 assists. The California native had a celebrated prep and college career at the University of Kansas, known for his deft passing."
With the rumors becoming stronger, expect the Magic to make an announcement soon enough.