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Report: Walsh out of running, Magic GM search down to five

Donnie Walsh

Donnie Walsh, president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks, answers questions during media day at the team’s training facility Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


There have been rumors the Magic are very close to naming a new general manager. If that is true, it will not be former Knicks and Pacers GM Donnie Walsh taking the helm.

That according to David Aldridge at (in his must-read Monday column). Walsh pulled himself out of the running, and is not going to Indiana either.

So who is left?

The Magic’s GM list is five: former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver, Thunder assistant GM and head of player personnel Rob Hennigan and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower.

Magic officials have said the new GM will make the call on Dwight Howard and whether or not to trade him. Which if Howard is not going to commit to stay is a no brainer. Then the GM chooses the coach. Basically, this GM gets to oversee the rebuilding of the Magic. So it’s a big choice.