Report: Magic to hire Adrian Griffin as top assistant
The Orlando Magic have reportedly reached an agreement with Adrian Griffin to become their new lead assistant coach.
Griffin, who spent the last five seasons as a Chicago Bulls assistant coach, would be the first addition to the staff of Scott Skiles, who was hired May 29 as the Magic's new head coach. Before his time with the Bulls, the 40-year-old Griffin worked for the Milwaukee Bucks under Skiles as an assistant coach for player development.
Griffin became available when new Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg brought aboard former San Antonio Spurs assistant Jim Boylen as his associate head coach. He comes to the Magic highly regarded after a stint working with the USA Basketball men's national team in 2014 and a nine-year playing career in the NBA.
.@NBACoachGriffin a rising star in the coaching ranks. Respected, ambitious. Move to Skiles staff the next step toward a head coaching job.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 15, 2015
The remainder of Skiles' staff has yet to be determined. James Borrego, who had a 10-20 record coaching the Magic on an interim basis after the firing of Jacque Vaughn, could be headed back to the Spurs, where he spent seven seasons from 2003 to 2010 as an assistant video coordinator and later an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.