Nate McMillan & The Magic?

Should the Orlando Magic decide to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy, former Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Supersonics coach Nate McMillan would be a candidate for the job, says Marc Stein of ESPN in the Weekend Daily Dime.

The whispers, though, have already begun to spread on the coaching grapevine that Nate McMillan will emerge as a prime candidate to replace Van Gundy if this is it for SVG in Central Florida. McMillan has been mentioned for years as the future coach of the Bobcats, given his strong ties to Charlotte, but skepticism persists about Michael Jordan’s willingness to pay the sort of coaching dollars McMillan is sure to command.

McMillan has compiled a record of 478-452 in his coaching career during the regular season and is 14-20 in the playoffs. He’s advanced out of the first round just once, in 2005 with the Supersonics.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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