The Magic are interviewing the greatest GM candidate EVER
There are a few options out there for coaches, but the Magic are looking in a rather peculiar direction for their new GM.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Magic are meeting with former superstar center Shaquille O'Neal in regards to their GM position.
On the surface, this sounds absolutely insane. But when you take a deeper look at it, it really isn't THAT crazy.
Shaq is a pretty smart guy, as you can tell if you've seen him on TNT's pre-game and post-game shows.
Another key is that Shaq still has a solid relationship with a lot of guys in the league. Steve Nash, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett are just a few of the many guys he has played with in the league. He might be able to bring in some outstanding free agents through his relationships around the league.
Another key would be the development of Dwight Howard, specifically on the offensive end. Howard is an outstanding defensive player, but is extremely limited offensively, and doesn't have the best arsenal of post moves.
Shaq could work with Howard on developing the offensive side of his game, and could not only convince Howard to stay in Orlando long term, but also help Howard develop into legend status.
Also, Shaq is beloved in Orlando, where he started his career.
Other former players have become GMs and done moderately well, including Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Steve Kerr and others. Some have failed in front office positions, like Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas.
In the end, I think it could be a successful move, particularly if he surrounds himself with an experienced team of "basketball people" to help make the big decisions. It would create huge buzz around the Magic, it would get the fans excited, and it could really open up possibilities with Dwight Howard.
And hey, it would be fun to watch.