It is not quite a trade involving Dwight Howard, but the Magic have begun moving forward toward their uncertain future. The Magic hired Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn to be their head coach.
This is not a move that likely will convince Dwight Howard to rescind his trade request. After all, Vaughn has only two years of coaching experience and he is not (as far as we know) the kind of coach that will get a struggling team over the top. In fact, nobody really knows what kind of coach Vaughn will be. He certainly was not hired to win now.
Hiring Vaughn seems to point toward the decision from Rob Hennigan and the Magic to rebuild from the ground up. This is not so surprising. Howard reiterating his trade demand and venting some frustration that he had not been traded yet was a sure signal that Orlando has to move on. This, of course, is something a lot of people thought shoudl ahve been done in December... or February... or now.
Orlando may get back to that trade effort now that the...