Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley is nearing a contract agreement to become head coach of the Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Per Wojnarowski, Mosley has “separated himself” from the rest of the field, though the sides continue to talk. Mosley and Nuggets assistant Wes Useld Jr. appear to be the two finalists for the position.
Mosely, 42, has been an assistant with the Mavericks since 2014. Before that, he was an assistant with the Cavaliers (2010-14) and Nuggets (2007-10). He spent two years in a player development role with the Nuggets from 2005-07.
Former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is also among those who have also been linked to the Magic job. Other previously reported candidates included Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, Suns assistant Willie Green and Nuggets assistant.
Magic assistant coaches Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel have each interviewed for the job as well.
Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman is trying to find a replacement for Steve Clifford, who mutually parted ways with the franchise following the season.
“Beyond the two lottery picks in the deep draft, the Magic have a young core of players that includes recent first-round picks Cole Anthony, Chuma Okeke, Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr.,” Wojnarowski wrote. “The Magic potentially could have $30 million in salary-cap space to spend in free agency.”