Orlando Magic hires Jamahl Mosley as next head coach

Mosley spent past 7 seasons as assistant coach with Dallas Mavericks

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic has hired Jamahl Mosley as the team’s head coach, according to a press release.

The Magic announced Sunday Mosley would become the 15th head coach in franchise history.

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“We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family,” said Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. “Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group.”

According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, Mosley agreed to a four-year deal to become the Magic’s next head coach. A league source told WKMG Sports Director Jamie Seh earlier this week that Mosley was the favorite to be the next coach.

He has spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. Mosley was also an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Denver Nuggets.

The Magic announced last month Steve Clifford and the team “mutually agreed to part ways.”

According to the report from Wojnarowski, Wes Unseld Jr. was also one of the candidates to be the next coach of the Magic. Mosley and Unseld Jr. were also up for the head coaching job for the Washington Wizards, according to Wojnarowski.

Orlando finished the 2021 season with a 21-51 record.

The Magic will have the No. 5 pick and the No. 8 pick in the 2021 NBA draft.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.