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Hornets unlikely to bring back GM Rich Cho next season

Hornets unlikely to bring back GM Rich Cho next season

Owner Michael Jordan has chosen not to offer Cho a new contract, so he's as lame a duck as he could possibly be as the season winds down.

The franchise announced that it will not renew the contract of Rich Cho, who was hired for the position in June 2011, and will begin their search immediately.

Kupchak was made the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers after succeeding Jerry West in 2000 and would hold that title until February of 2017.

Wojnarowski added the Hornets are unlikely to bring back current GM Rich Cho and that Kupchak would partner with assistant general manager Buzz Peterson in Charlotte's front office.

While the Hornets were showing some signs of progress with the two playoff appearances over the past four years, it is evident with a 24-33 record this year that the success couldn't be sustained and it's time for a change. Kupchak won two National Basketball Association titles as Lakers GM before he was swept out in 2017 upon the arrival of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Hornets general manager Rich Cho is not expected to be retained beyond this season.

Peterson, now an assistant GM for the Hornets, was Jordan's roommate during their time in school, while the 6-foot-9 Kupchak was one of the school's best regarded players, along with being a three-time National Basketball Association champion. Meanwhile, Kupchak himself was once a great player for the Tar Heels, so it's easy to see the common thread there.

"It's been a privilege to serve as the Charlotte Hornets' General Manager for the past seven years", Cho said in a statement. "The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal".

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