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At 24-33 at the All-Star break, the Charlotte Hornets are considered a major disappointment so far this season.
To that end, team owner Michael Jordan has decided to not bring back general manager Rich Cho on a contract extension and will pursue Mitch Kupchak for a “significant role” with assists general manager Buzz Peterson, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Story on ESPN: Charlotte owner Michael Jordan on cusp of front office changes, letting go GM Rich Cho and pursuing Mitch Kupchak for a significant role with assistant GM Buzz Peterson. https://t.co/hykuVGpQdM
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 20, 2018
The Hornets have since confirmed the news.
Cho joined Hornets as general manager in 2011 after spending less than a year in Portland as GM in 2010. Under his leadership, the Hornets made the playoffs in 2014 and 2016, but sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, could miss the postseason for the second consecutive season. Charlotte’s payroll is 10th the in league at $117 million this season and projected at $119 million for next season, all but Michael Carter-Williams and Treveon Graham under contract.
Peterson was a roommate of Jordan’s during their playing days at the University of North Carolina.
Kupchak, a former All-American for the Tar Heels during his collegiate days as a Tar Heel, led the Los Angeles Lakers to a pair of NBA championships before being pushed out when Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka arrived in 2017.