Magic Fire Van Gundy, Part Ways With Smith

May 21 2012 at 2:24pm CST By Zach Links

Magic CEO Alex Martins announced today that coach Stan Van Gundy has been let go while GM Otis Smith and the club have mutually agreed to part ways.

"On behalf of the DeVos Family, we sincerely appreciate and thank Otis and Stan for all that they have done on and off the floor for the Orlando Magic,” said Martins. "These are the days you dread in this business, but we feel it's time for new leadership and new voices. "

Van Gundy was named head coach on June 7, 2007 and coached the Magic to a 259-135 record in five seasons.  The charismatic coach led Orlando to five postseason berths, three Southeast Division titles, and the 2009 Eastern Conference crown, but could not survive the turmoil of the 2011/12 season.  The Magic were surrounded by drama as Dwight Howard flip-flopped between remaining in Orlando and forcing a trade to the Nets.  In April, Van Gundy told reporters that his star player was actively working to get him fired.

Meanwhile, Smith has been telling people that he was considering retirement and may have been fired by the club anyway, according to Sam Amick of SI.com (via Twitter).  Smith's career in Orlando's front office began as the director of player development and in May of 2006 he was promoted to General Manager.  In total, the Magic were 299-177 during Smith’s time as GM.

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