As the Orlando Magic went through a whole new process, coach Steve Clifford and the franchise agreed to part ways. The team announced on Saturday.
Clifford, who led Magic to the playoffs in consecutive seasons before this year. I have met with management several times over the past few weeks. which ultimately drives what has been described by ESPN as a “A joint decision,” the source said.
In the end, Clifford’s timeline for making magic and station no longer matched.
“We would like to thank Steve for his contribution to the Orlando Magic,” Chairman Jeff Weltman said in a press release. “We appreciate the many sacrifices he has made as our head coach. And understand that the timeline of our new path doesn’t align with his goals as head coach in our league.”
The Magic will immediately begin searching for tutorials. By joining Boston and Portland, open to current positions.
Weltman and Magic general manager John Hammond hired Clifford when he arrived in Orlando three years ago. In the hopes that he will return this franchise to the playoffs. He did twice before the end of the season, two players injured and unloading the trade deadline of star center Nikola Vucevic and defender Evan Fournier for several future draft picks changed the trajectory of the franchise.
Clifford, 59, has one more year left on his four-year contract, sources have told ESPN.
“I would like to thank the DeVos family, the Magic leaders and all the staff. And good luck to everyone,” Clifford said in a statement released by the team. “It’s an honor and an honor to coach this team in this community.”
He finished with a score of 96-131 in three years in Orlando. Including two touring seasons, Orlando finished 21-51 this season, cycling several young players and 10-day contract performers through the program.
Clifford has reached the playoffs four times in eight seasons between his two head coaching jobs in Charlotte and Orlando.