Stackhouse linked to Magic, who won’t rush search

Jerry Stackhouse has become a hot commodity as a potential NBA head coach after a fine run in the G League.

Of all the NBA coaching vacancies already available, perhaps least is known about the one belonging to the Orlando Magic.

After firing Frank Vogel at the end of the season, the Magic have yet to arrange an interview (at least one that’s known), as president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond have been scouting in Europe.

The Magic could begin interviewing candidates later this week. Just don’t expect them to give the scoop on who those candidates may be.

“I don’t want to compromise our search,” Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t want to limit it, and I also don’t want to put people we may be dealing with in a contextual basis where we’re compromising their situations. We don’t have a number. We don’t have a certain number from each pool that we want to draw from. We’re just going to talk about it this week — and broadly — and try to figure out who we want to meet with.”

Names such as Raptors assistant Nick Nurse and Toronto-based G League coach and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse have surfaced lately, with some reports suggesting Stackhouse has already lined up an interview.

Those assumptions make sense, as Weltman came to Orlando from the Raptors’ front office.

Several others have been mentioned, such as former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford, but all of it is pure speculation for now.

“I’ve worked for [and with] Larry Brown, George Karl, Dwane Casey and a host of others, and the commonality I think that you draw from years of being in this league is that there is no [single] right way to do this,” Weltman told the Sentinel.

“There’s no must-have checklist. You’re dealing with a person who is trying to lead 15 NBA players. It’s human characteristics and qualities — how those fit together with these guys and how that person leads us to success. If we were going to say that [we must have a former NBA head coach], then Brad Stevens never would’ve gotten hired [by the Boston Celtics]. We don’t want to limit ourselves to certain pools.”

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