Hornets Finalizing Deal With Spurs Assistant Borrego To Coach Charlotte

May 08, 2018 - 6:41 pm

By Ryan Chell


Looking to fill their general manager and head coaching vacancies, Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets sought out individuals with championship pedigrees. Guys who have been there. Guys with championship rings on their hands.

In February, the Hornets hired former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who was a part of seven NBA titles as in the Lakers' personnel department and three as a player, to fill their vacant GM spot that opened up after the departure of Rich Cho.

Three months later, Michael Jordan and Curtis Polk decided to go to the grass roots of another championship organization in the San Antonio Spurs to fill their coaching vacancy.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that the Hornets are finalizing a deal with longtime Spurs assistant James Borrego to become their next head coach. 

Steve Clifford was let go following consecutive 36-46 seasons and a .478 overall record during his time in Charlotte. 

According to league sources, Borrego, 40, interviewed with owner Michael Jordan this week in Florida, and the two sides are working on contract details. 

Borrego has spent the last four seasons with the Spurs-his second stint with the team. 

Borrego also interviewed for the Knicks and Suns openings, and was scheduled to meet with the Bucks this week before the Hornets nailed down Borrego for the job. 

Borrego was one of four Spurs assistants to interview for the Hornets vacancy or a job opening, joining Ettore Messina, Ime Udoka and Becky Hammon.  

He previously spent 2003-2010 on Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio before following Monty Williams to New Orleans to serve on his staff with the Hornets. 

Borrego then followed another former Spur, Jacque Vaughn, to Orlando and sat on the bench for Vaughn for two seasons before taking over for Vaughn after his dismissal as interim coach to finish the 2015 season. 

He went 10-20 in his third of a year coaching the Magic. 

The Hornets are expected to announce the hiring later in the week, via the AP. 

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