May 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) celebrates after scoring a three point jump shot during the fourth quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at the Amway Center. Indiana defeated Orlando 101-99 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
The Orlando Magic hired Thunder executive Rob Hennigan for their vacant general manager position according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
Hennigan quickly developed trust in the Thunder organization, moving up the ladder in two years. Hennigan was an indirect result of the San Antonio Spurs’ excellent front office model.
Magic chief executive Alex Martins announced the decision today.
“It is with great enthusiasm and optimism that we announce Rob Hennigan as our new General Manager,” said Martins. “Rob is an astute strategist and evaluator of talent who comes to the Magic family from two championship-level organizations. We feel he is an outstanding fit and the right choice to lead our Basketball Operations team in achieving our championship goals.”
Berger astutely noted that Orlando was looking for an executive with championships on his resume. Neither Henningan or former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower fit the bill. Only Spurs’ assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey filled the requirement. Apparently, the Magic back tracked and decided to bring in a promising young executive instead. Hennigan is now the leagues youngest general manager at 30-years-old.
Prior to his assistant GM position in Oklahoma City, Hennigan worked for the Spurs as an intern in 2004-05 before he was promoted to director of basketball operations in 2007.