Hornets GM, president moving to adviser role
The Charlotte Hornets will begin its search for a new president of basketball operations, the team announced Monday. General manager and president Mitch Kupchak will move to an adviser role within the organization once the new hire is found, the Hornets said.
Charlotte’s front-office change comes less than a week after the NBA trade deadline when the team dealt Gordon Hayward and P.J. Washington. With new ownership in place, the Hornets already traded away Terry Rozier this season and are preparing to retool its roster around LaMelo Ball this summer.
In August, new owners Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin purchased a majority interest in the team from Michael Jordan for $3 billion. The Hornets unveiled plans last month for a $275 million arena renovation and the building of a new practice facility.
The Hornets are 11-41 and 13th in the Eastern Conference while struggling with injuries this season.
Ball is among the players drafted by Kupchak during the executive’s six-year tenure as Charlotte’s president of basketball operations. Kupchak joined the Hornets in 2018 after working in the Los Angeles Lakers front office for 30 years, including 17 as general manager.
Kupchak also played with the Lakers during his 10-year playing career, which began in Washington as a member of the Bullets.
ESPN was first to report news of Kupchak’s role change.
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