The Magic replace Steve Clifford, who mutually separated from the team last month. The Magic had reached the playoffs in consecutive years before the trade deadline, including All-Star Nikola Vucevic (Chicago) and Evan Fournier (Boston) moved them in a reconstruction mode.
The Magic’s search process had narrowed down to two candidates, Mosley and Denver’s aide Wes Unseld Jr., who also became a top contender for the Wizards of Washington‘vacancy, sources said earlier this week.
Mosley’s role with the Mavericks over the past seven years has notably included his close bond and impactful work with the All-NBA goaltender. Luka Doncic. After Mosley replaced a quarantined Rick Carlisle for a Mavericks victory at Madison Square Garden in April, Doncic told reporters at Mosley: “He has the things needed for a head coach.”
Mosley, 42, has spent the past seven years with the Mavericks under Carlisle, rising to the position of associate head coach. Mosley spent four years with the The Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2014) and Denver Nuggets (2005-2010). Mosley’s offensive philosophy was shaped by two Hall of Fame level coaches – George Karl and Carlisle.
Beyond the two lottery picks in the deep draft, the Magic has a core of young players that includes recent first-round picks. Cole anthony, Chuma okeke, in Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. The Magic could potentially have $ 30 million in salary cap space to spend on free agency.