After weeks of rumors, and without an official announcement from the team, it appears that Spurs assistant coach Chad Forcier will be joining the Orlando Magic as their head assistant.
New Magic head coach Frank Vogel had reportedly been going after Forcier, a member of the Spurs coaching staff since 2007, for a few weeks. Then a bit more news surfaced this week, courtesy of Orlando Magic Daily:
The #Magic appear to have hired Chad Forcier as an assistant coach: https://t.co/ApbU9u1ehd— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) June 23, 2016
In this photo the #Magic released, Chad Forcier has a nameplate. Current Spurs assistant rumored to Magic: pic.twitter.com/vH7M2FRPQx— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) June 23, 2016
And now a source has confirmed to PtR (specifically, to our Fearless Leader J.R. Wilco) that Forcier indeed will be headed to south Florida after nine great years in San Antonio.
Forcier has been one of Popovich's top aides for some time, particularly in the area of player development. He's received a lot of credit, along with Chip Engelland, for evaluating and maximizing the talent the front office has brought in, most notably in nurturing the rise of Kawhi Leonard from mid-first-rounder to, now, MVP runner-up, and in that way the Spurs will continue to reap the benefits of his hard work for years to come.
San Antonio's coaches and executives have a history of finding success in their new endeavors, and Forcier will likely be no exception. Likewise, the Spurs front office has been terrific at restocking its staff with each exit, so I think they'll be OK, too.
If Forcier is indeed headed to Orlando, we thank him for all he's done with the Spurs and wish him all the best.