May 23, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan talks with media as Frank Vogel is introduced as the new head coach during a press conference at Amway Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
As expected, after another disappointing season, the Orlando Magic have fired general manager Rob Hennigan.
Poor trades, free agent signings, and draft picks prevented Orlando from ever taking the next step. In five years, Hennigan’s Magic failed to win more than 35 games in a single season.
Looking over the 35-year-old’s moves, it’s surprising he wasn’t fired earlier. Hennigan failed in virtually every facet of his job, squandering an opportunity other prospective GMs would have loved to work with.
Orlando had three top-five picks and four lottery picks in the last four seasons. You’d think that would yield a solid foundation, but Hennigan ended up with Andrew Nicholson, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja. Only the latter three remain, and none possess star impact. I’m higher on Payton than most, but Hezonja is a bust and Gordon still hasn’t figured out his role in the NBA. (Hennigan …
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