The Magic's general manager search came to an end yesterday, and the team will officially introduce Rob Hennigan as its new GM in a press conference at the top of the hour. Hennigan inherits a tricky situation involving Magic superstar Dwight Howard, who is under contract for one more year, but may not finish the season in Orlando. According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel (via Twitter), Howard hasn't requested a trade this summer, but many people in the organization believe he wants out. Let's round up a few more notes on the Magic's star center and their new GM:
- ESPN's J.A. Adande wonders if Hennigan, whose Thunder exercised patience in slowly building a championship contender, is the man to convince Howard that the Magic can put together a title contender quickly.
- The Magic aren't expected to begin their coaching search in earnest until after the draft, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
- In a piece for the Orlando Sentinel, Robbins explores why the Magic chose Hennigan, and looks at how the new GM will approach the coaching search and the Howard situation.