The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Jacque Vaughn, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The Magic dropped their 10th straight game Wednesday with a 110-103 loss at San Antonio.
Vaughn, 39, is in his third year as Orlando’s coach. A former Spurs assistant coach under Gregg Popovich, Vaughn was hired to guide the Magic in their post-Dwight Howard era.
With the club essentially starting over, Orlando was patient with Vaughn while the Magic went 43-121 over his first two seasons. But as the club has improved its roster this season, the results didn’t match expectations.
It is likely the Magic will promote one of their assistant coaches to interim head coach, but several league executives have speculated that former Magic player Scott Skiles could be a front-runner for the job. Skiles played five of his 10 NBA seasons with the Magic, enjoying the best years of his career there.