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Magic eyeing Penny Hardaway as next head coach

Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway instructs his team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Mississippi State in the NIT, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Memphis coach Penny Hardaway interviewed for the Orlando Magic head coaching job and has emerged as a serious candidate, according to Shams Charania.

Hardaway has been the head coach at Memphis since 2018, earning a strong reputation in player development and utilizing his pedigree as a player and relationships across the basketball community, notes Charania.

The 49-year-old played 14 seasons in the NBA from 1993-2007 and was a four-time All-Star.

Hardaway played for the Magic from 1993-1999 where he reached the playoffs in all but one season with the team.

The Magic have also requested permission to interview Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Charles Lee, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

They are expected to interview Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. as well, who is also considered a candidate for the Washington Wizards head coaching job.

The Magic have a young core that features Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., Markelle Fultz, R.J. Hampton and Jonathan Isaac.

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