Although it's unclear whether additional candidates are on the list or will be added to the list, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan likely will conduct first-round interviews with Malone, Shaw, Snyder and Vaughn over the next seven days.
Malone and Shaw have been rumored as potential candidates for the Magic ever since the team fired
Malone, 41, spent this past season the
Shaw, 46, just completed his first season as the
In an NBA.com survey of league general managers at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, the GMs were asked to name the league's best assistant coach. Malone finished first, with 29 percent of the vote. Shaw placed second, with 21 percent of the vote.
Snyder, 45, is an assistant coach with the Lakers and previously worked as an assistant coach with the
Vaughn, 37, has been a
Although WKMG has reported that San Antonio Spurs lead assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and
Hennigan would like to have a coach in place by the end of July.
He will whittle the list after he completes his initial interviews, and then Magic CEO
Hennigan mostly has kept mum about the qualities he's seeking in a coach, but he was asked recently if previous head-coaching experience will be a plus.
"It's important," Hennigan answered. "I think anytime you want to hire a coach certainly a guy who's been in that seat before is important. I don't think it's the most important thing. But I do think it's an important piece to the puzzle.
"I think also in conjunction with that is someone who's played the game in the NBA, who played the game at a high level."
Malone, Shaw, Snyder and Vaughn have not worked as NBA head coaches.
Martins has said team would emphasize NBA championship experience in their GM and coaching searches.
Hennigan worked in San Antonio's basketball operations department when the Spurs won the NBA title in 2007, and Vaughn played on that Spurs team.
Shaw won three NBA titles as a player and two as an assistant coach, all with the Lakers.