The Magic and third-year coach Steve Clifford have mutually agreed to “half methods,” the staff introduced in a Saturday information launch. The separation has to do with the events’ differing timeline of success for the staff.
Clifford, 59, led the staff to the NBA playoffs in every of his first two seasons — the primary time since Orlando made the postseason because the 2011-12 season. The staff did not advance previous the primary spherical of the Jap Convention playoffs in each years.
“We want to thank Steve for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations, mentioned in a press release. “We recognize the various sacrifices he has made as our head coach and perceive the timeline of our new path doesn’t align along with his targets as a head coach in our league.”
Mentioned Clifford: “I want to thank the DeVos household, Magic management and the complete workers, and definitely want everybody effectively. It has been an honor and privilege to educate this staff on this neighborhood.”
The Magic (21-51) had a promising begin to the 2020-21 season, opening with a 6-0 document and changing into the league’s final remaining undefeated staff. However a number of accidents to key starters (together with season-enders for Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac) derailed their season. Orlando additionally traded All-Star middle Nikola Vucevic, guard Evan Fournier and ahead Aaron Gordon to a number of groups on the NBA commerce deadline for future picks, ending any likelihood the staff made the NBA playoffs for a 3rd 12 months.
In response to an ESPN report, Clifford had a number of conferences with administration that led each events to the “mutual choice” to half methods.
Clifford ends his Magic tenure at 96-131 and two journeys to the playoffs in three seasons. Orlando will start a training search instantly, becoming a member of Portland and Boston in trying to fill head teaching vacancies.