The Orlando Magic apparently are considering the retread route for their vacant head coaching position with an ex-Bullet in mind.
Scott Skiles has emerged as the leading candidate, Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.
Skiles, 51, has been the preferred choice of Orlando ownership, which has been fond of him since his playing days with the Magic in the 1990s. Skiles fits the candidate profile that Hennigan privately outlined for the coaching search: a successful head-coaching résumé that includes strong emphasis on upgrading Orlando’s defense and accountability.
In head-coaching stops in Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee, Skiles developed a reputation for turning bad teams into competitive ones, and tightening porous defensive units. Nevertheless, Skiles also built a reputation for burning out teams and wearing out a path to his exit.
Skiles has a career regular-season coaching record of 443-433 and 18-24 in the playoffs. He reached the conference semifinals once each in Phoenix and Chicago.
Orlando fired Jacque Vaughn in February and finished the campaign with interim coach James Borrego. Despite a 25-57 record, finishing fifth in the Southeast Division and missing the playoffs for a third straight season, there are reasons for hope.
The roster has several intriguing young players including former DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, fellow guard Elfrid Payton, center Nikola Vucevic and forward Tobias Harris, who played under Skiles in Milwaukee.
That familiar aspect may work against Orlando.
Wojnarowski reports "Skiles didn’t have a good relationship" with Harris. The small forward is a "restricted free agent this summer and could command a $12 million-$14 million annual salary on the market."
As a player, Skiles spent the 1994-95 season with the Bullets. Now the former point guard may be tasked with turning the Magic into players in the Eastern Conference.
When I think player development, Scott Skiles is not the first name to come to mind.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) May 23, 2015