Report: O'Neal to meet about Magic GM job

May 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., May 24 (UPI) -- Orlando Magic officials would not comment on a report that Shaquille O'Neal will meet with team officials next week to discuss the vacant general manager job.

ESPN reported Wednesday night the meeting between O'Neal and team officials is to come next week, the Orlando Sentinel said.

O'Neal had not returned an e-mail message from the Sentinel, the newspaper said.

A spokesman for the Magic declined comment, and team officials, including Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins, who's leading the search for a GM to replace Otis Smith, have said they would not respond to rumors, even false ones.

O'Neal, 40, played his first four NBA seasons for the Magic and led the team to the 1995 finals but left through free agency in 1996.

O'Neal has four NBA titles and an Olympic gold medal but never worked in a basketball operations department, the Sentinel said.

He played for six teams in 19 years, ending his career with the Boston Celtics in 2010-11, and has worked as an analyst for TNT since retiring from the NBA.

The Magic's candidates for GM are believed to include former Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks executive Donnie Walsh and former New Orleans Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower, the Sentinel said.

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