Sam Vincent has not given up on former coach Phil Jackson joining the Orlando Magic front office, but his newest plan is dead, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
The Orlando Sentinel reported June 1 that Vincent, a former Magic guard who still lives in the area, presented the team with a proposal that had himself and Jackson in personnel roles. But Vincent said that after initially expressing interest, Jackson had decided to "go with another opportunity."
On Wednesday, SI.com reported that Vincent, who was coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007-08, offered the Magic another plan, in which Jackson would head the basketball operations department from his Los Angeles home, working one week per month in Orlando.
The plan also had Vincent with a role in the front office; former Lakers and current Pacers assistant Brian Shaw as the head coach; and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen as the lead assistant, SI.com reported.
The Magic have been searching for a general manager and coach after Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy were fired May 23.
Sources told Broussard Wednesday that the Magic do not want an absentee head of basketball operations. The Sentinel reported that the team also would prefer that the new person have previous, high-level front-office experience.
Jackson coached the Lakers and Bulls to 11 NBA titles, but has no front-office experience.