Hornets to pursue Mitch Kupchak for front office role

  • Hornets to pursue Mitch Kupchak for front office role

Hornets to pursue Mitch Kupchak for front office role

Jordan reportedly considers assistant general manager Buzz Peterson a foundational piece of Charlotte's front office, so he would team with Kupchak or any other replacement (in title or otherwise) for Cho. The Hornets announced on Tuesday that a search for a new GM will begin immediately.

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan is "is expected to pursue" former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to fill the role, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Cho joined the Hornets in 2011 after less than a year as GM of the Blazers.

Cho's executive career in the NBA began in 1997 for the Seattle SuperSonics as director of basketball affairs before being promoted to assistant general manager in 2000.

"It's been a privilege to serve as the Charlotte Hornets' General Manager for the past seven years", Cho said in a statement. "Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization". Buss grew frustrated with Los Angeles' inability to land big-name free agents in recent years, but Kupchak could help retool the Hornets with significantly less pressure in a smaller market.

Since Cho's come on board, the Hornets have made the playoffs just twice in 6 seasons.

While with the Lakers, it's clear that Kupchak also had an affinity for former UNC stars. Their first game after the All-Star Break will be against the Brooklyn Nets (19-40) on Thursday, 22 February. It's worth noting that Peterson, Jordan and Kupchak are all former North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Hornets have a whopping $96.7 million tied between their starting lineup and Cody Zeller, who have somehow combined to a mere 24-33 record, sitting 5.5 games away from playoff contention.