There are five head-coaching vacancies as of this moment, and Jeff Hornacek has reportedly appeared on the short list of the Orlando Magic.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Magic are whittling their options to replace Scott Skiles down. Hornacek, who was fired after two-plus seasons with the Phoenix Suns in February, is one of those options.
The Pacers also are believed to be strongly considering former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who has emerged on the short list of early candidates for Orlando, according to two people in the coaching industry. Hornacek impressed the Magic front office in interviewing for the team’s vacancy that went to Vaughn in 2012.
The other early candidates for the Magic include assistant Adrian Griffin; former assistant and interim head coach James Borrego, who was passed over in favor of Skiles and then joined Gregg Popovich as an assistant in San Antonio; former assistant coach Patrick Ewing, who was on Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando; and Frank Vogel.
Hornacek was 14-35 when he was let go this season. He went 39-43 a season ago, and despite a 48-34 record in 2013-14, the Suns missed the playoffs by one game.
That’s not exactly the strongest track record, so that impressive interview with the Magic four years ago will have to be something special if Hornacek is going to be the eventual pick to replace Scott Skiles.