Magic said to have Sampson on coaching radar

Houston coach and former NBA assistant Kelvin Sampson may be under consideration for the Magic coaching opening.

The Orlando Magic are one of three teams still looking to fill their coaching vacancy, and perhaps a new candidate has emerged.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic may have an interest in University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson.

“Sampson worked as a Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach under Scott Skiles when Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman was Milwaukee’s assistant general manager and Magic GM John Hammond was the Bucks’ GM,” the Sentinel noted.

Weltman declined to comment on specifics of the coaching search when asked by the Sentinel.

“The process has been, I think, deliberate and thorough,” Weltman told the newspaper, “and we’re very pleased with some of the guys that we’ve interviewed, and we continue to move forward.”

Sampson, 62, has also been an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets (2011-14), and a college head coach at Indiana (2006-08), Oklahoma (1994-2006) and Washington State (1987-94).

Others linked to the Magic coaching opening include San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and G League coach Jerry Stackhouse.

Sirius XM NBA radio was the first to report the Magic’s potential interest in Sampson.