Report: Hornets expected to pursue Mitch Kupchak

By David Kenyon

The Charlotte Hornets must consider diving into a rebuild, but current general manager Rich Cho might not be there to help the franchise navigate a challenging time.

Instead, team owner Michael Jordan is eyeing Mitch Kupchak.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hornets are unlikely to retain Cho and are expected to pursue Kupchak, the former GM of the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Woj, Jordan’s hope is attracting Kupchak to pair with Buzz Peterson, who is the assistant GM in Charlotte.

Cho joined the front office in 2011, and the franchise reached the playoffs twice during his tenure. But with only two 40-win seasons over a seven-year stretch, it’s probably the right time for a change.

Though the Lakers fired Kupchak in February 2017, he spent three decades as a team executive following a nine-season career on the court.