[RUMOR] Should Magic GM Otis Smith get Fired, Donnie Walsh to be a “Reasonable Contender” for GM Position
Should the Orlando Magic elect to fire their President of Basketball Operations/General Manager, Otis Smith, there has been a marquee name rumored to be his replacement — former Pacers and Knicks GM, Donnie Walsh.
Walsh, I’m told, is eager to get back to work full time for a team as soon as his consultancy contract with the Knicks expires, yet it’s doubtful he would be rehired by [Herb] Simons [Indiana Pacers Owner].
Look for Walsh to resurface as a reasonable contender for jobs in Orlando or Washington should Otis Smith be fired and/or Ernie Grunfeld not be rehired.
This article didn’t go into further detail on Walsh to the Magic, probably because Smith is still in Orlando and Walsh is still under contract from the Knicks for his consultant role. I highly doubt the Magic would make a move during the season, so look for the ‘Walsh-to-Orlando’ rumor to heat up during the summer.
I think the general consensus from fans regarding Smith is to fire him immediately. Given his roster moves since the championship run, it’s hard to argue him staying in town. Even with Dwight Howard electing to waive his early termination option, it’s said that team CEO Alex Martins had a key role in convincing him to stay.
As Evan Dunlap from Orlando Pinstriped Post points out:
Fans may best know Walsh for his deft clearing of New York’s salary cap after inheriting the team at the tail end of the 2007/08 season. Tasked with shedding enough space to sign a franchise-level talent by the time the 2010 free-agent period arrived, Walsh did just that, dealing away the hefty contracts of Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford, among others. As a result of his cap management, the Knicks were able to sign All-Star big man Amare Stoudemire in July 2010.
It’ll likely come down to how well the Magic do in the post season — if the team does well Smith could stay or if they have another early exit, he could see the door out.
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