The Charlotte Hornets are unlikely to bring back general manager Rich Cho on a new contract next season, league sources told ESPN. Team onwe4r Michael Jordan's college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired a year ago as the team's assistant general manager is a potential replacement.
It also doesn't hurt that Kupchak has a North Carolina connection in common with Jordan.
Error! There was an error processing your request. Looking at Charlotte's salary cap situation and lack of success in recent seasons, it was only a matter of time before a front office move was made. "Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization".
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Kupchak won two titles with the Lakers as their GM before he was ousted in favor of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. "I want to thank Michael Jordan, Curtis Polk, and the entire organization for giving me that opportunity, and for their support since that moment". Cho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014. They are now 24-33 and 5.5 games out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Their core of key players-like Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeremy Lamb-are under contract through next season but will be free agents in 2019.
According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Hornets general manager Rich Cho is not expected to be retained beyond this season.
"Charlotte is a special city with deeply loyal fans and I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise".