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Monday, June 27, 2005

Magic Hire 2 Assistant GMs

Orlando Magic President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Vander Weide announced today that Dave Twardzik and Otis Smith have both been promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager.

“As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Dave and Otis complement each other very well and have a unique bond,” said Vander Weide. “They bring a wide range of experience, great energy, dedication, leadership and vision to our basketball operations. I’m confident this is the right structure for us today.”

Twardzik and Smith will be responsible for overseeing basketball operations, including player acquisitions via the draft, free agency and trades, player development, scouting and salary cap management.

Twardzik was named the Magic’s director of player personnel on September 15, 2003. He has more than 29 years of professional basketball experience as a player, coach and front office executive.

Twardzik has worked in a variety of areas with several NBA team’s basketball operations departments. He served as general manager of Golden State from 1995-97. Prior to joining the Warriors, he spent five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, beginning as director of scouting in 1990.

Smith was named Orlando’s director of player development on September 15, 2003. He has assisted in all aspects of the basketball operations department, including player development and scouting, while also assisting the team’s community relations department.

Smith spent the 2002-03 season as executive director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors. In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department and worked in conjunction with the players and basketball staff. During the previous two-plus seasons, Smith was director of community relations/Warriors Foundation.

Smith is no stranger to “The City Beautiful.” He was a member of the inaugural 1989-90 Magic squad and spent three seasons playing in Orlando (1989-92). Smith averaged 11.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 1.9 apg. and 1.01 stlpg. in 195 games with the Magic. He played in 375 career NBA regular season games with Denver, Golden State and Orlando, averaging 10.5 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.01 stlpg. in 20.6 minpg.


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