Magic Part Ways With Steve Clifford, Eye Terry Stotts

The Magic have mutually parted ways with coach Steve Clifford as the franchise continues its rebuilding process, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

“We would like to thank Steve for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” president Jeff Weltman said in a statement. “We appreciate the many sacrifices he has made as our head coach and understand the timeline of our new path does not align with his goals as a head coach in our league.”Steve Clifford

Clifford, 59, led the Magic to the Southeast Division title in his first season with the organization in 2018-19. The Magic also made the playoffs in 2020 before entering full rebuild mode late this season.

Overall, he compiled a 96-131 mark in Orlando. He also coached Charlotte five seasons prior to coming to the Magic.

“I would like to thank the DeVos family, Magic leadership and the entire staff, and certainly wish everyone well,” Clifford said in a statement. “It’s been an honor and privilege to coach this team in this community.”

The Magic join the Celtics and Trail Blazers as team’s in search of a coach.

Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Magic have an interest in Terry Stotts, who mutually parted ways with the Trail Blazers on Friday.

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