The Charlotte Hornets are unlikely to bring back general manager Rich Cho on a new contract next season, league sources told ESPN. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is expected to pursue former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to partner in the front office with assistant GM Buzz Peterson, essentially replacing Cho, league sources said. Cho joined Charlotte as GM in 2011 after spending less than a year in Portland as GM in 2010. Peterson is a former roommate of Jordan's at the University of North Carolina, and Kupchak is a former All-American at UNC. The Hornets have had no contact with Kupchak on a possible position, league sources said. Kupchak won two NBA titles as Lakers GM before he was swept out in 2017 upon the arrival of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. Jordan has long had an affinity for surrounding himself with fellow Tar Heels, and his plan includes Peterson remaining one of the key -- if not the key -- decision-maker in basketball matters.
Hornets unlikely to bring back Rich Cho as general manager
ESPN | Feb 20