Orlando Magic

Report: Orlando Magic and head coach Steve Clifford mutually agree to part ways

More change is reportedly happening with the Orlando Magic.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the franchise and head coach Steve Clifford have come to a mutual agreement to part ways.

Clifford, 59, took over as Orlando's head coach prior to the 2018-19 NBA season. In three years on the sidelines with the Magic, Clifford compiled a 96-131 record, leading the team to postseason appearances in the first two seasons.

As noted by Wojnarowski, Orlando shifted focus into a full rebuild this past season when it traded All-Star Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier at the trade deadline. Despite finishing the 2020-21 season with a 21-51 record, the Magic have a number of young pieces to build around, including former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., R.J. Hampton, Jonathan Isaac and Chuma Okeke.

Isaac, who will turn 24 ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, is the oldest member of the aforementioned group.

With a potentially bright future in Orlando, Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the franchise has already expressed interest in former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts taking over as Clifford's successor.

Stick with NBA.com for more updates surrounding the developing coaching situations in Orlando, as well as with Portland and the Boston Celtics.

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