Player News - Hornets

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The Magic are interviewing former Hornets coach Steve Clifford this week, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Magic continue to deny comment during their coaching search, but Tom Izzo is another name that has worked its way into the rumor mill. They haven't won more than 35 games or made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season, so you can't blame them for taking their time with this coaching search.
May 24 - 11:11 AM

Jay Triano has reportedly agreed to become the top assistant on James Borrego's new coaching staff in Charlotte.

Triano served as Phoenix's interim head coach to close out the year after Earl Watson was fired, but he'll now go back to being an assistant head coach with the Hornets after the Suns decided to go in a different direction with their head coaching gig.
May 20 - 6:50 PM

The Hornets are in serious discussions to add Jay Triano to James Borrego's coaching staff, according to NBA reporter David Pick.

Triano served as the Suns' interim coach last season, but Phoenix decided to go in a different direction earlier this month when they hired Igor Kokoskov.
May 15 - 11:13 AM

Item one of Hornets head coach James Borrego's job description is to make the young guys better now, including former No. 2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Kidd-Gilchrist, as well as big man Frank Kaminsky, are two guys who are still young and talented, but clearly need more development in their game. "I think our biggest room for growth is internal," Borrego said. "There’s a group of young guys that, after this summer, should take a major leap." However, if they don't get better their roles could shrink next season.
May 13 - 9:51 AM

Coach James Borrego said he sees Malik Monk as a playmaker who can play with Kemba Walker.

"And also be on the court without Kemba, creating offense for us," Borrego added. "[Or] pairing him and Nic Batum in a lineup where Nic is facilitating." Monk had himself a really nice April to finish his rookie season, averaging 20.4 points, 1.0 boards, 4.0 assists and 3.8 treys in those five. The Hornets won't be able to make major moves in free agency, so Monk should be looking at minutes in the 20s unless the Hornets land a top-three lotto pick.
May 12 - 3:52 PM

Coach James Borrego said he wants to have an up-and-down style next year.

He said he is looking to attack in the first 5-8 seconds while looking to keep the fouls way down on defense. The Hornets saw their pace jump to ninth in the NBA in 2017-18 from 19th in 2016-17, so maybe they can up it to fifth. Borrego also said he wants to maximize what he gets out of the current roster, which isn't really an option because of their cap issues.
May 11 - 4:16 PM

The Hornets announced Thursday the team has named James Borrego as head coach.

According to ESPN, it's a four-year deal for the franchise's 11th head coach. General manager Mitch Kupchak said they hired Borrego for "wealth of experience and a strong track record of player development from his time as a coach in San Antonio, New Orleans and Orlando." Much like Erik Spoelstra, Borrego began his NBA career as an assistant video coordinator.
Source: NBA.com
May 10 - 6:58 PM

Hornets new head coach James Borrego is likely to implement a motion offense with Charlotte similar to what the Spurs ran when Borrego was an assistant in San Antonio.

This new offense could give Batum more open looks and more freedom to create plays and shots for himself both with and without the ball. Batum saw a dip in production in 2017-18, averaging fewer points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes per game compared to 2016-17.
May 10 - 10:53 AM

Spurs assistant James Borrego is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Borrego has 15 years of NBA experience. He was an assistant in San Antonio under Gregg Popovich from 2003 through 2010, before joining the Hornets for two seasons and then moving onto Orlando. He served as the Magic's interim head coach for 30 games after they fired Jacque Vaughn in 2015. He then headed back to San Antonio. Charlotte finished last season with a disappointing 36-46 record, despite having one of the league's highest payrolls.
May 8 - 12:53 PM

Steve Clifford will meet with the Bucks for their head coaching position.

Clifford is one of many candidates that includes Mike Budenholzer, Monty Williams, Becky Hammon, James Borrego, David Blatt and Ettore Messina. Budenholzer and Williams are believed to be the favorites, but Clifford is a defensive-minded coach and that's certainly something the Bucks could use.
May 7 - 1:36 PM

Spurs assistant James Borrego and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga are each gathering momentum in Charlotte's search for a head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

With David Fizdale off the market, teams like the Hornets should have a better idea of who will run their team during game action. Both Borrego and Larranga are top-five candidates in this coaching class and chances are both will be the head man of two teams next season.
May 4 - 2:22 PM

The Bulls have granted the Hornets permission to interview Jim Boylen for their head coaching position.

Boylen is currently the associate head coach in Chicago on Fred Hoiberg's staff and has held that position since 2015. The Hornets have interviewed several candidates for the job including Jerry Stackhouse, Ettore Messina, Ime Udoka, David Fizdale, David Vanterpool and James Borrego, but there's no clear frontrunner right now.
May 3 - 12:36 PM

The Bucks are expected to interview Steve Clifford for their head coach position.

Mike Budenholzer is likely the favorite, while the Bucks have also been linked to Monty Williams, David Fizdale and David Blatt. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said they could interview several more, so this process could take a while with Milwaukee casting a wide net.
May 3 - 9:59 AM

Interim coach Jay Triano "was informed that he is not in the running" to be the Suns next head coach, according to Arizona radio host John Gambadoro.

Triano was initially included in Phoenix's batch of candidates, but the fact he's been ruled out of the process so early suggests that he never really had a chance at getting the full-time gig. After being asked to slog through another rough season and serve as the mouthpiece for a front office that likes to hide and an organization in dire need of direction, the Suns could've done a lot better to reward Triano than with this fate.
Apr 29 - 6:47 PM

Former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford met with the Suns on Friday for their coaching job.

Clifford is going to get a lot of interest after the Hornets let him go because of a change to their front office. Clifford has shown he can develop players, which should fit right in with what the Suns are looking for.
Apr 27 - 7:41 PM


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