The rebuilding Orlando Magic and coach Steve Clifford have mutually agreed to half methods after three NBA seasons.
“We want to thank Steve for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” staff president Jeff Weltman stated.
“We respect the various sacrifices he has made as our head coach and perceive the timeline of our new path doesn’t align along with his objectives as a head coach in our league.”
Clifford, 59, rejoined the Magic as their head coach in Could 2018, one month after being let go by the Charlotte Hornets. He had one 12 months left on a four-year deal he signed on the time.
He had served as an assistant to former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy from 2007-12.
Clifford guided the Magic again to the playoffs for the primary time since 2012 in his first season on the helm. They reached the playoffs once more in his second season, however each instances had been eradicated within the first spherical.
“It has been an honour and privilege to educate this staff on this group,” Clifford stated in an announcement.
This season, the Magic’s document fell to 21-51 and so they elected to commerce star centre Nikola Vucevic, guard Evan Fournier and ahead Aaron Gordon to start a rebuild.
Total, Clifford’s Magic groups had been 96-131 in his three seasons. Clifford had a 196-214 document throughout his time with the Hornets.
Orlando turns into the third NBA staff looking for a brand new head coach, becoming a member of the Boston Celtics and Portland Path Blazers.