The Orlando Magic have expanded their list of head-coaching candidates, adding former Detroit Pistons head coach and current Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry to the list of people under consideration.
Five others are up for the Magic job: Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter, Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Michael Malone, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan spoke about his coaching search in broad terms Wednesday.
"We're moving along with our coaching process, and I think we're making some good headway in that regard," Hennigan told reporters. "We've interviewed a handful of candidates up to this point. We'll interview a couple more, and I think we're tracking in the right direction."
Hennigan is conducting the preliminary interviews.
Once he narrows the field, remaining candidates are expected to meet with Magic CEO Alex Martins. From there, one or two finalists are expected to meet with members of the DeVos family in Grand Rapids, Mich., before a final decision is made.
Curry, 43, has one year of NBA head-coaching experience. In 2008-09, the Detroit Pistons went 39-43 with him at the helm.
Curry played 11 seasons in the NBA.
Praise for Ayón
"He's a player who brings toughness, versatility to the frontcourt," Hennigan said of Ayón. "He brings a savvy and a skill component that we feel will blend well with what we're trying to do going forward. He's a workaholic. He's someone who loves the game."
Asked why the team decided not to re-sign Anderson, Hennigan said, "It was a difficult decision. It was a decision really based in a strategic mindset. ... Ryan's a great guy. I think he has a bright future in this league, and this was more about strategically trying to stay flexible as we move forward."
Wayns on way?
The Magic will have two point guards under contract for this upcoming season: Jameer Nelson, whose new three-year deal should be announced soon, and Chris Duhon.
That leaves one spot open, and it could be filled by Maalik Wayns, a 6-foot-1 undrafted rookie free agent from Villanova. Wayns started the Magic's first three summer-league games after Ish Smith declined a spot on the Magic's summer-league roster to pursue an opportunity with the Houston Rockets.
On Wednesday, Wayns scored 16 points and had four assists to go along with five turnovers as the Magic lost to the Jazz 79-75 at Amway Center.
Wayns' strengths are his quickness and his ability to get to the rim. This week, he's averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.7 turnovers per game.
"I think I've showed I belong," Wayns said. "I went undrafted. A lot of people were down on me after our season [at Villanova] and things like that, but I feel as though I'm just as good as any other guard that I'm playing against or that got drafted ahead of me. So I've just got something to prove."
Wayns' tenure with the Magic's summer-league team has ended.
Wayns now will join the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's upcoming summer league in Las Vegas.
Magic summer-league coach Mark Price said Wayns has proven something already.
"I think he's done nothing but help himself in a lot of peoples' eyes, not only ours, because he's leaving and going somewhere else," Price said. "I think he's probably played himself into an opportunity to get an NBA job. I really like him a lot."
• Magic rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson scored 16 points and grabbed two rebounds in the loss to the Jazz.
• Magic rookie center/power forward Kyle O'Quinn was held scoreless in 11 minutes. He had four rebounds.
• Big man Magnum Rolle made his summer-league debut for the Magic on Wednesday, playing almost 14 minutes. He scored six points and collected six rebounds.
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