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Magic GM Hennigan: The criticism is warranted

Sports Xchange - Friday 17th February, 2017

Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan isn't trying to hide from his team's results, nor can he.

The Magic have eclipsed 25 wins just once in his five seasons at the helm and the team's ensuing first-round picks leave plenty for which to be desired.

Orlando acquired several costly veterans last season, but the end result has been seeing Aaron Gordon -- the club's most promising player -- pushed from power forward to small forward.

As a result, the 34-year-old Hennigan has taken it on the chin for his decisions.

"First and foremost, the criticism is warranted," Hennigan said, via the Orlando Sentinel. "I don't know if it's welcome because no one likes to get criticized, but the job we have and the job we're trying to do is certainly subject to that. Our fans, quite frankly, deserve to be upset and deserve to be frustrated. ... I think the proverbial hot seat comes with the territory."

After shipping Tobias Harris to Detroit for Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings' expiring contract, Hennigan sent starting power forward Serge Ibaka to Toronto on Tuesday for fifth-year swingman Terrence Ross and the lower of the Raptors' two 2017 first-round picks.

Orlando's 21-37 mark is better than only the Brooklyn Nets (9-47) in the Eastern Conference.

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