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Thunder notebook: Magic hires OKC asistant GM Rob Hennigan

Magic hires Thunder assistant Rob Hennigan as its new general manager
By John Rohde and Darnell Mayberry Published: June 20, 2012

The Orlando Magic has hired Thunder assistant general manager Rob Hennigan as the club's new general manager.

Hennigan, 30, becomes the league's youngest GM and the latest front-office executive to get plucked from the stable of Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

Hennigan oversaw the team's pro, college and international scouting departments and was in his second season as assistant GM.

Before joining the Thunder, Hennigan worked for the San Antonio Spurs, starting as an intern out of Emerson College, the exact same path as Presti.

Hennigan replaces Otis Smith, who was let go by the Magic in late May, and becomes the fifth Thunder front-office exec to be hired away, joining Rich Cho, Bill Branch, Scott Perry and Gerald Madkins.

Troy Weaver, another assistant GM for the Thunder, was believed to be a candidate for the Orlando general manager job as well. Weaver, who reportedly interviewed for Portland's general manager job last fall, continues to be sought after.


It is not yet known who Thunder three-time All-Star Kevin Durant will defend in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at American Airlines Arena. Whoever he is defending, Durant had better crash the boards.

Durant was the Thunder's leading rebounder during the regular season with an 8.0 average. He finished with 18 double-doubles in 2011-12, has six double-doubles this postseason, but has yet to hit double-digits in rebounds against the Miami Heat.

In an effort to stay out of foul trouble, Durant defended Heat point guard Mario Chalmers in Game 4 on Tuesday and being on the perimeter understandably led to fewer rebounds. Durant had just two rebounds Tuesday and has just 19 total in the Finals.

Defending on the perimeter is no excuse in the eyes of Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

“He can do it,” Brooks said of Durant controlling the boards. “He's our best rebounder. We need to get him in there. I expect him to have a big rebounding game (Thursday) night. We need his rebounding abilities.”

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