Multiple reports on Tuesday indicated that the Lakers have fired longtime GM Mitch Kupchak and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations. It's a stunning move and one that Johnson sort of telegraphed over…
June 25, 2019, 2:29 pmMitch KupchakTeam, Charlotte Hornets
In what will play a major role in all personnel decisions, the Hornets are determined to avoid the luxury tax next season, per Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.
If true, then this will have a major effect on free agency as the Hornets are unlikely to extend the supermax to Kemba Walker this summer. While Walker has said publicly that he is willing to take less than the supermax, it would be hard to see him stay with the Hornets for anything less as he is sure to garner interest from many teams with much better odds at competing for a title. The Lakers, Mavs, and Celtics are just a few of the many teams that will be looking into Walker once free agency opens up, and they all have brighter presents or futures ahead than the Hornets current outlook. There have been rumbles that Walker would head elsewhere next season for a few weeks now, and this report adds even more smoke to the fire. Free agency opens in less than a week.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
May 11, 2018, 8:44 pmKemba WalkerG, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets’ new GM Mitch Kupchak said “there is no master plan to blow up this team right now.”
Kupchak added “When [new coach James Borrego] was hired, the understanding is he is going to coach the players (already) on this team and the players we bring into this team going forward.” Kupchak might have honest intentions but another season as a fringe playoff team could change his mind, especially if owner Michael Jordan wants to pull the plug.
Source: The Charlotte Observer
April 2, 2018, 10:46 amMitch KupchakTeam, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets have offered Mitch Kupchak the position of General Manager.
Kupchak spent 36 years within the Lakers organization, including 21 years as their GM. Kupchak has been the front runner for the position ever since the Hornets decided to decline picking up Rich Cho's contract.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter