Steve Clifford has emerged as a candidate to become the next head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. 

Clifford coached the Hornets from 2013 until 2018 when he became head coach of the Orlando Magic. Clifford left the Magic after the 20-21 season and was a consultant to Steve Nash with the Brooklyn Nets last season.

The Hornets resumed their head coaching search after Kenny Atkinson surprisingly backed out of their verbal agreement. 

Mike D'Antoni was the only other known finalist for the job before the Hornets reached a deal with Atkinson. D'Antoni met with Michael Jordan this week.