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NBA: Orlando Magic hire Jamahl Mosley as head coach

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The Orlando Magic named Jamahl Mosley as the franchise’s 15th head coach on Sunday.

Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN reported that the 42-year-old former Dallas Mavericks assistant coach agreed to a four-year deal.

“We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said in a news release. “Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group.”

This is the first head coaching job for Mosley, who spent the past seven seasons as an assistant to former Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. He also had stints as an assistant in Cleveland (2010-14) and Denver (2005-10).

The Magic had narrowed down their candidates to Mosley and Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who remains a leading candidate to take over the Washington Wizards, per ESPN.

The Magic and Steve Clifford mutually parted ways last month after finishing 21-51 in 2020-21. Clifford compiled a 96-131 record in three seasons in Orlando.

Due to a series of midseason trades, the Magic have entered a rebuilding mode. Orlando has two lottery picks in the 2021 NBA Draft and potentially $30 million in cap space to build a team around a young core of Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chuma Okeke and returning starters Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac, who both had season-ending injuries.

Mosley played collegiately at Colorado, averaging 11.4 points per game in 103 contests (79 starts) from 1997-2001.

–Field Level Media

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