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Report: Spurs assistant James Borrego finalizing deal to become head coach of Hornets

Jesse Reed
James Borrego

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego will reportedly be the next head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who notes Borrego is finalizing a deal now for the gig.

Borrego has spent two stints as an assistant to Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. A former college player at San Diego, where he got his first coaching gig, he has been coaching in the NBA since 2003 when he first joined the Spurs for an eight-year run in San Antonio.

Since then, Borrego has also been an assistant with the then New Orleans Hornets (2010-2012) and Orlando Magic (2012-2015) before re-joining Popovich and the Spurs in 2015.

Borrego now has the tall task of turning around a Hornets franchise that is coming off two straight 36-win seasons under Steve Clifford, who compiled a record of 196-214 in his five seasons in Charlotte.