Magic interview former Hornets coach Clifford

Steve Clifford spent five seasons as coach of the Hornets.

The Orlando Magic have interviewed Steve Clifford for their head coaching vacancy, according to The New York Times.

Clifford, 56, was fired by the Charlotte Hornets in April following five seasons. He compiled a 194-216 record with the Hornets.

Before that, Clifford was a longtime NBA assistant, spending time with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Magic.

He had also been linked to openings with the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Both of those teams have filled their vacancies.

Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman has been searching for a coach since parting ways with Frank Vogel following the season. The Magic have been secretive about their search, though several names have emerged as potential candidates, including University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson and Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool.

According to The Athletic, the Magic are also interested in talking to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.