Hornets expected to pursue Mitch Kupchak


The Charlotte Hornets are opening a search for a new general manager.

Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte's front office, and Kupchak is a primary target to partner with Peterson, league sources told ESPN.

Kupchak would team with assistant GM Buzz Peterson, a former college coach who roomed with Jordan at North Carolina, Wojnarowski reports.

"It's been a privilege to serve as the Charlotte Hornets' general manager for the past seven years", said Cho.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday morning that Cho, whose contract runs up this summer, would not be re-signed by the Hornets and that Michael Jordan would be looking to bring in a veteran GM to try and turn things around.

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Kupchak found plenty of success over more than three decades with the Lakers, but he was sacked in Februrary of 2017 by president Jeanie Buss as Lakers legend Magic Johnson took over basketball operations with Rob Pelinka filling the role of GM. Under Kupchak, the Lakers reached four NBA Finals, winning two of them in 2009 and 2010. His title in Charlotte was general manager but he worked under president of basketball operations Rod Higgins.

Cho said, "I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise". They're also in danger of missing this year's playoffs.

After a promising 48-34 season in 2015-16, the Hornets missed the playoffs last season and find themselves in a similar position now at 24-33, putting Charlotte at 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Jordan's college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired previous year as the team's assistant general manager is a potential replacement. Their core of key players-like Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeremy Lamb-are under contract through next season but will be free agents in 2019.