Ping reports Magic pick Hennigan

NBA.comThe Magic appear to be nearing the end of their general manager search. At least, depending on whom you believe.

Dave Pingalore of WKMG Channel 6 reports the Magic are close to finalizing a deal with Thunder assistant general manager and head of player development Rob Hennigan, possibly making the announcement as early as Wednesday.

Hennigan is 30 years old but has climbed the ranks within the Spurs and Thunder organization quickly. He was hired as an intern for the 2004-05 season and was the Spurs’ director of basketball operations in 2007. Hennigan joined former Spurs assistant GM Sam Presti with the Thunder in 2008 to direct the team’s scouting department.

Hennigan comes from a very good basketball pedigree. And, as RedsArmy’s John Karalis tells me, can probably outshoot 90 percent of the roster (Hennigan played basketball at Emerson College where he was a three-time conference player of the year).

Hennigan is an incredibly bright guy, obviously, and has a ton of esteem to get to his position at such a young age. He said recently that he wants to be a general manager. One NBA executive told Pingalore that Hennigan is the kind of guy who will bring some fresh thinking to the franchise. Not to mention, talk about being able to connect to young players on the roster.

Ping has been wrong before, and likely putting his name in the headline will have everyone taking what he says with a grain of salt.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweeted that the Magic have not made a final decision yet, although all three finalists have met with the DeVos family.

Twitter / JoshuaBRobbins: #Magic have not yet made a via kwout

Robbins confirms that Hennigan, Spurs assistant general manager Jeff Lindsay and former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower are the three finalists and, at this point, each has a fair shot at being named to the Magic’s top basketball operations job. The Magic, then, are truly at the final stages of picking a general manager.

While a final decision probably will not come Wednesday, a source did confirm to Orlando Magic Daily that the franchise’s brass were really impressed with Hennigan in their interview. The source said all three candidates were impressive, but the source mentioned Hennigan specifically.

Take that for what you will.

Whether or not Ping’s report is correct (never a good think when you have to question the reporter … especially after he broke the Stan Van Gundy/Dwight Howard spat), the Magic appear to be closing in on their man to head their basketball operations department.

Stay tuned…

Philip Rossman-Reich

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