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Old 07-23-12, 12:22 PM
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Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn makes the final round in Orlando

The Orlando Magic's search for a new head coach is entering its final phase.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, widely presumed to be front-runner for the job, met with Magic CEO Alex Martins on Friday in Las Vegas for a second-round interview.

"We're not going to comment on the process and where it stands," Martins told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday.

The interview occurred in Las Vegas because the city is the site of the annual NBA Summer League and Vaughn served as the head coach of the Spurs' summer-league team. Martins also was in Las Vegas for a meeting of the NBA's Board of Governors.

Spurs officials excused Vaughn from coaching in San Antonio's game Friday, but Vaughn coached Saturday in the Spurs' summer-league finale against the Dallas Mavericks.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan conducted first-round interviews with six candidates and whittled the field down to three: Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and Vaughn.

Martins was going to conduct the second-round interviews and then narrow the list to one or two finalists for meetings with the DeVos family.

Any meeting with members of the DeVos family, including the team's 86-year-old owner, Rich DeVos, and the team's chairman, Dan DeVos, most likely would occur in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the family is based.

Vaughn, 37, has been considered within NBA circles as the Magic's leading candidate for almost a week now — ever since Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Michael Malone was told he was no longer being considered and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw either withdrew from consideration or was told he was no longer being considered.

Vaughn played for the Magic during the 2002-03 season and has spent the last two seasons as a Spurs assistant coach. He also played for the Spurs when Hennigan worked in the team's front office.

Orlando Sentinel
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