Barring an unforeseen change or addition, the Orlando Magic's next head coach will be either Michael Curry or Lindsey Hunter or Jacque Vaughn.
Curry, Hunter and Vaughn have advanced to the next stage of the Magic's coaching search, the Orlando Sentinel has learned from an NBA source with knowledge of the team's thinking.
In total, the trio has one season of head-coaching experience.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan already has conducted first-round interviews with Curry, Hunter and Vaughn, and Magic CEO Alex Martins will hold the second-round interviews.
From there, Hennigan and Martins will whittle the list down to one or two finalists, and the remaining candidate or candidates will meet with members of the DeVos family in Grand Rapids, Mich., before a hire is made.
Magic officials would not comment Monday.
Meanwhile, some NBA observers have been puzzled by the finalists' collective inexperience.
Curry, 43, has the most extensive coaching résumé.
He recently completed his second season as the Philadelphia 76ers' associate head coach, and he is the only one of the remaining candidates who has head-coaching experience.
In 2008-09, he coached the Detroit Pistons to a 39-43 record.
Hunter, 41, has never been an NBA assistant coach, but he now works as a player development coach for the Phoenix Suns.
Vaughn, 37, has just finished his second season as a San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach. He currently is coaching the Spurs' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.
Vaughn is presumed by many to be the front-runner for the job.
He played one season for the Magic and also played for the Spurs when Hennigan worked in the Spurs' front office.
Curry, Hunter and Vaughn each played at least 11 seasons in the NBA.
Hennigan also interviewed Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Michael Malone, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw and Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek.
On Sunday, Hennigan told Malone that he is no longer being considered. Also on Sunday, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw either took himself out of consideration or was told he was out of the running.
Hornacek told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that he's been notified he's out of the mix.
"It was good to go through the process and talk to them," Hornacek said, according to the Tribune. "I guess I wasn't what they were looking for."
The eventual hire will succeed Stan Van Gundy, who was fired May 21 after he had compiled a 259-135 regular-season record (for a franchise-best .657 winning percentage) and a 31-28 playoff record (for a franchise-best .525 winning percentage).
Hennigan was hired June 20.
It appears that Hennigan and the eventual coaching hire will preside over an extensive rebuilding project.
At his introductory press conference, Hennigan was asked to describe the criteria he would use in his coaching search.
He said he would "look for someone who embraces and takes pride in preparation, someone who can communicate effectively and then someone who's going to embrace player development and really use that as a vehicle to accelerate the growth of our roster."
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