After just a mere two seasons in Orlando, Frank Vogel is already in search of his third job in as many years.
The former Indiana Pacers’ bench coach was fired by the Orlando Magic early Thursday morning, in a statement released by the team. Vogel was 54-110 in two seasons as the Magic’s head coach.
The firing comes a day after Orlando defeated Washington 101-92 on the last night of the NBA’s regular season. Rumors circulated around the league on Vogel’s status as the team’s coach moving forward despite having seen much success back in Indiana. Vogel led the Pacers to give trips to the postseason, including back-to-back appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014 against the Miami Heat.
Many felt when Orlando dismissed Rob Hennigan as general manager in the last off-season the 2017-2018 campaign would be somewhat of a bubble year, seeing that team president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond might want to make their own hire.
Whoever takes over Orlando will have their work cut out for them, as the Magic made many questionable decisions which have hurt the roster moving forward. The team traded point guard Elfrid Payton away to the Phoenix Suns during the seasons and will seemingly be looking to find his replacement in this summer’s NBA Draft.
Another issue the team will need to address over the off-season is restricted free agent Aaron Gordon, who could leave if offered a contract and Orlando chooses not to match the offer sheet. Gordon averaged 17.6 points per game and 7.9 rebounds.