Reports: Frank Vogel to take over as the Orlando Magic head coach

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Frank Vogel's absence from the NBA head coaching ring did not last long, as it was reported by a number of sources that he has been hired by the Orlando Magic to replace the recently departed Scott Skiles.

Official confirmation is still to be released by the franchise, but it is almost certain that the 42-year-old will assume the position at the Amway Center just two weeks after his contract ended with the Indiana Pacers.

The Magic saw former coach Skiles turn his back on the organisation after less than 12 months in charge having overseen a third consecutive season of improvement in the wins column.

The Southeast Division franchise was an outside bet for a playoff spot but saw their season falter as their young core struggled to close out a number of close games. However, the signs were there that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Skiles was clearly not the right man for that future and it was revealed he had regrets about taking the job and had confided in his assistant Adrian Griffin that he did not want to continue in the position.

Vogel takes on a team that finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 35-47 and includes promising youngsters Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon. One decision that could come back to bite the organisation is Skiles' choice to trade away Tobias Harris.

The former head coach in Indianapolis arrives in the Sunshine State with an impressive record of consistency during his time in Naptown. He helped the Pacers reach the playoffs during five of his six seasons in the hot seat.

He was thwarted on three separate occasions by LeBron James and the star-studded Miami Heat lineup as Indiana finished top of the Eastern Conference in 2014 but fell to the Heat in Conference Finals on two consecutive occasions in 2013 and 2014.

Arguably his biggest legacy in Indy is aiding Paul George's development into the All-Star talent we see today. The forward's horrific injury in 2014 robbed the Pacers of a year in the playoffs but he has returned with devastating effect to lead the organisation back into the postseason.

Toronto sent Indiana packing in the first round after a thrilling seven-game series and president, Bird, believed it was time for a new voice to take the reigns at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and instil a more attacking-focused style of play.

The Magic, however, will be hoping Vogel can achieve more of the same in Florida. The franchise are still looking for their first appearance in the playoffs since Dwight Howard's departure and they clearly feel he is the man to bring back the good times.

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