Report: Orlando Magic close to firing head coach Jacque Vaughn

Friday January 30th, 2015

The Orlando Magic are close to firing head coach Jacque Vaughn, reports Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. 

According to a source cited in the report, Vaughn’s firing is imminent, saying "it isn’t a matter of 'if' but when."

Orlando (15-34) has lost seven games in a row, including a 115-100 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. During the losing streak, the Magic have given up 100 or more points in each game.

Part of the problem for the Magic is on the defensive end, as they allow opponents to shoot 46 percent from the field, the second worst mark in the NBA.

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Before the season, the Magic exercised the fourth-year option on Vaughn’s contract, meaning he will receive his full salary for the 2015-16 season, whether he is the coach next season or not.

Vaughn replaced Stan Van Gundy before the start of the 2012-13 season, and Orlando has missed the playoffs in both seasons he has been the head coach. He has a 58-155 record in his tenure.

A separate report from ESPN said multiple league executives have speculated that former NBA coach and player Scott Skiles could be a front-runner to replace Vaughn.

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