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Magic Interested In Mitch Kupchak, Will Begin Scheduling Interviews Friday


Per Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Orlando Magic will start scheduling General Managers interviews Friday and have made current Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak one of their targets.

Among the characteristics said to be most prized by Magic CEO Alex Martins is championship experience. So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles, Kupchak is expected to be among the first wave of candidates the Magic pursue, one of the sources said.

In addition to reaching out to free-agent candidates, the team’s list also will include executives who are under contract with other teams. Martins also is expected to begin contacting teams Friday to ask permission to interview such candidates, and Kupchak — with multiple championships on his resume — will be among the obvious targets, sources said.

Kupchak was an assistant from 1986 and was believed to take over the traditional power of a full time General Manager in 2000.

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