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The Charlotte Hornets have made significant progress in contract talks with former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and the franchise is expected to hire him as its new President of Basketball Operations and GM, according to a report from ESPN.
Kupchak ran the Lakers from 2000-2017, where he helped construct five championship rosters.
The Hornets will miss the playoffs again this season and Kupchak will have some difficult decisions to make once he takes the job.
All-Star point guard Kemba Walker is set to make $12 million next season and has been open about how he’s sick of missing the postseason. Dwight Howard, who Kupchak traded for in 2013 while with the Lakers, is owed $23.8 million.
Kupchak is a former college star at North Carolina, the alma mater of Hornets owner Michael Jordan.
The New York Times first reported the news that the Hornets had offered Kupchak the job.