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Hornets To Interview Ime Udoka

Apr 22, 2018 1:57 PM

Ime Udoka will interview with the Charlotte Hornets' coaching vacancy.

Udoka has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2012. Udoka had a seven-year playing career in the NBA.

Ettore Messina and David Fizdale are other strong candidates for the Hornets' job.

The Hornets fired Steve Clifford this offseason.

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David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets

Apr 21, 2018 4:08 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will interview David Fizdale and Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days.

Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies as head coach early this season.

Messina is currently Gregg Popovich's top assistant coach with the Spurs.

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Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

Apr 16, 2018 1:16 PM

The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse.

Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks.

Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905 of the G League.

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Hornets Receive Permission To Interview Ettore Messina

Apr 15, 2018 6:28 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have received permission from the San Antonio Spurs to interview Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy.

Messina worked with Mitch Kupchak when he was an assistant coach on Mike Brown's staff with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Messina has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2014.

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Hornets Fire Steve Clifford As Head Coach

Apr 13, 2018 10:12 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have fired Steve Clifford as head coach.

Clifford became head coach of the Hornets before the 13-14 season.

Charlotte made the playoffs in 2014 and 2016 under Clifford.

The Hornets hired Mitch Kupchak to replace Rich Cho as general manager.

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Hornets Hire Mitch Kupchak As President And General Manager

Apr 9, 2018 9:59 AM

Mitch Kupchak has officially been named president and general manager of the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets elected not to renew the contract of Rich Cho in February.

"I'm excited to join the Hornets organization, and I want to thank Michael for this opportunity," Kupchak said in a statement. "I am well aware of the passion for basketball in Charlotte and throughout the entire state of North Carolina‎, and I am confident that we can build the Hornets into a successful team that our great fans can be proud of."

Michael Jordan and Kupchak have a longstanding relationship built around their ties to the University of North Carolina and late coach Dean Smith.

The Hornets have missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Kupchak was fired by the Lakers in 2017 when they hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

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Mitch Kupchak Near Deal With Hornets To Become GM

Apr 5, 2018 10:15 AM

The Charlotte Hornets are close to a deal with Mitch Kupchak for him to become their next general manager and president of basketball operations.

The two sides have made substantial progress on a contract.

Kupchak has been the focus of owner Michael Jordan's search process to replace ex-GM Rich Cho, whose contract wasn't renewed.

Buzz Peterson will remain with the team but Kupchak will add his own personnel to the front office.

Steve Clifford and Kupchak have a relationship from their time together with the Lakers.

Kupchak was fired as general manager of the LAkers in 2017.

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Hornets Offer General Manager Position To Mitch Kupchak

Apr 2, 2018 10:38 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have offered their general manager position to Mitch Kupchak.

The Hornets are confident they will soon finalize a contract with Kupchak.

Kupchak was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017.

The Hornets parted ways with Rich Cho in February.

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Kemba Walker Tired Of Not Being In Playoffs

Mar 27, 2018 10:46 AM

Kemba Walker's future with the Charlotte Hornets is uncertain as he's one offseason away from becoming a free agent and the franchise will again miss the playoffs.

“At this point, I want to win. I want to be in the playoffs,” Walker told the Observer on Monday morning. “I’m tired of not being in the playoffs. ... I hate watching them on TV.

“I’ve been there twice in seven years, and it’s just not fun” missing out.

Walker is building his dream house in Charlotte.

“Hopefully, I’ll be here for a long time.”

The Hornets will hire a new general manager this offseason and the most critical and immediate decision will be what to do with Walker.

“Whenever we get a new GM, we’ll see what direction he wants to go,” Walker said, “and I’ll make the best decision for me.”

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Nicolas Batum Out Several Games With Achilles Tendinitis

Mar 19, 2018 10:06 AM

Nicolas Batum has been diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles and could miss multiple games.

Batum underwent an MRI on Sunday.

The Hornets are seven games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 12 games remaining in the regular season.

Batum's 17-18 season has been slowed by injuries beginning with an elbow injury suffered in training camp.

Batum is in the second season of a five-year, $120 million deal with the Hornets.

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Kemba Walker Put Himself Back Onto Charlotte's Draft Board With Tourney Play
Michael Jordan was sold on Kemba Walker during the tournament.

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Michael Carter-Williams Out For Season With Shoulder Injury
Michael Carter-Williams will undergo surgery to address the injury.

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Hornets To Interview Three Additional GM Candidates
Marc Eversley, Gersson Rosas and Adam Simon are candidates for the Hornets' GM job.

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Hornets Expected To Pursue Mitch Kupchak To Replace Rich Cho
Rich Cho will not return to the Hornets next season.

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Kemba Walker Replaces Kristaps Porzingis In All-Star Game
Kemba Walker has been named the injury replacement on the All-Star team to Kristaps Porzingis.

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Cavaliers Continue To Seek Kemba Walker Trade
The Hornets would like salary cap relief as part of any trade for Kemba Walker.

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Knicks Trade Willy Hernangomez To Hornets
Willy Hernangomez fell out of the Knicks' rotation this season.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


Hornets Have Interest In Mitch Kupchak
Mitch Kupchak is believed to be a favorite among high-ranking officials to take over for Rich Cho next summer.

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Cavs, Hornets Have Discussed Kemba Walker Trade
The Hornets would likely have to take both Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith.

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Michael Jordan Explained Hornets' Position On Trade To Kemba Walker
Michael Jordan told Kemba Walker the Hornets are not predisposed to moving him.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist
Nicolas Batum is owed $100 million over four seasons.

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Kemba Walker Made Available In Trade Talks By Hornets
Charlotte views a trade of Kemba Walker as a reset of the franchise.

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Hornets Attempted To Acquire Jimmy Butler From Bulls
The Bulls had no interest in anything the Hornets could offer for Jimmy Butler.

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Cody Zeller Out Six Weeks With Meniscus Surgery
Cody Zeller is averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game for the Hornets.

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Cody Zeller Out Indefinitely With Torn Left Meniscus
The Hornets are still debating Cody Zeller's treatment options.


Steve Clifford Out Indefinitely With Undisclosed Health Issue
Stephen Silas will serve as acting head coach while Steve Clifford is out.

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Dwight Howard Fined $35,000 For Obscene Gesture
Dwight Howard committed the obscene gesture in Cleveland.

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Nic Batum Escapes Long-Term Injury After Aggravating Elbow
Nic Batum aggravated his elbow injury this week but it won't impact him long-term this season.

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Dwight Howard Fined $25,000 For Obscene Gesture Towards Fan
Dwight Howard has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture toward a fan.

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