After a long and diligent process, it appears Rich DeVos and Alex Martins have found their man.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Orlando Magic and Rob Hennigan are “in advanced talks with Oklahoma City assistant GM Rob Hennigan to make him franchise’s new GM, league sources tell Y!”
The Magic reportedly brought Hennigan, former New Orleans Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower and Spurs Assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the home of the DeVos family last week. Hennigan “was brought to Michigan to meet with Orlando owners for a second time in recent days.”
Hennigan, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, played basketball at Emerson College, which is the same institution his current boss, Thunder General Manager Sam Presti, attended.
After graduating college, Hennigan became an intern with the San Antonio Spurs and quickly rose up the ranks, becoming a basketball operations assistant in 2005 and director of basketball operations in 2007. He became the director of scouting for the Thunder in 2008 before being promoted to his current job in 2010.
A press conference has been scheduled for 3:00 pm EST Thursday afternoon.
Here is the press release:
Orlando, FL – Rob Hennigan, who spent the past eight years with two of the NBA’s most successful franchises, has been named General Manager, Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins announced 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.”
Hennigan spent the past four seasons with Oklahoma City, including the last two seasons as the Thunder’s assistant general manager/player personnel. Hennigan spent his first two seasons with the Thunder as the team’s director of college/international player personnel.
Hennigan’s responsibilities included overseeing the Thunder’s professional, college and international scouting departments, as well as assisting with all player personnel matters and day-to-day management of basketball operations.
During Hennigan’s tenure, Oklahoma City compiled a 175-137 (.561) regular season record. The Thunder won 50-or-more games twice, reached the Western Conference Finals twice and advanced to the 2012 NBA Finals.
Prior to joining the Thunder, Hennigan spent four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He was named director of basketball operations in September of 2007. Hennigan began as an intern during the 2004-05 season and was later named the team’s basketball operations assistant during the summer of 2005. The Spurs won the NBA World Championship in 2004-05 and 2006-07.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Hennigan graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in 2004. He was named a Division III All-American and an Academic All-American as a senior and was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons. Hennigan finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
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