While former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is considered the frontrunner of the Charlotte Hornets’ vacant GM post, he is not the only candidate, according to a report from ESPN.
“Charlotte has received permission to speak with Philadelphia 76ers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley, Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, and Miami Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon,” ESPN wrote, citing sources.
The Hornets are looking to replace Rich Cho, fired in February after serving as the team’s GM since 2011.
Kupchak ran the Lakers’ basketball operations from 2000 until the end of last season, when he was replaced by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and to a lesser degree, former agent Rob Pelinka.
And as ESPN noted, “Kupchak has a long-standing relationship with team owner Michael Jordan, with whom he shares University of North Carolina ties.”
Jordan’s former North Carolina teammate and Hornets assistant GM Buzz Peterson is currently running the team’s day-to-day operations. He is expected to remain with the organization once a new GM is hired, per ESPN.