The Orlando Magic have reached an agreement in principle with former Magic player Jeff Turner to serve as the team's color commentator on its Fox Sports Florida TV broadcasts, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
Turner, 51, is expected to sign a multiyear deal.
He will team with longtime play-by-play man David Steele and will replace popular color commentator Matt Guokas, whose contract wasn’t renewed by the team following the 2012-13 season.
Magic officials would not comment.
Turner served as Guokas’ fill-in in recent seasons when Guokas missed games because of illness.
Turner played 10 seasons in the NBA, spending seven seasons with the Magic from 1989-90 through 1995-96.
This past school year, Turner coached the Lake Highland boys basketball team to the Class 4A state title. He stepped down from his coaching position after the season ended.
Meanwhile, the Magic announced Friday that they have reached a five-year contract extension with ESPN 580 AM for the station to keep serving as the team’s radio flagship through the 2017-18 season.
Dennis Neumann will continue to serve as the radio play-by-play man, while Richie Adubato will remain the color commentator. Scott Anez still will host the pregame, halftime and postgame segments, while Dante Marchitelli will keep working as the radio sideline reporter for home games.
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