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Magic, Nuggets Won’t Hire Interim Coaches Full-Time, per Report

The Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets both made coaching changes in-season, with James Borrego taking over for Jacque Vaughn in Orlando and Melvin Hunt replacing Brian Shaw in Denver. It appears that neither Borrego nor Hunt will be the long-term head coach of their respective teams, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Borrego became the youngest coach in the NBA at 37 years old when he took over, and he’ll supposedly get a chance to interview for the full-time job. However, Orlando is believed to prefer a veteran coach to oversee its roster full of youngsters, and Scott Skiles is a name that has already come up. Tom Thibodeau could also be an option if he leaves the Chicago Bulls, and other potential candidates include Billy Donovan and Mike Malone.

In Denver, there’s an outside chance Hunt sticks around, but most reportedly believe the Nuggets will look to start fresh after a disastrous campaign. Alvin Gentry, Vinny Del Negro and Mike D’Antoni have all been linked to the job in Denver.


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