With a playoff series looking more improbable each day, big front-office changes are coming soon to Charlotte.
Hornets owner Michael Jordan is unlikely to retain general manager Rich Cho beyond this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and Jordan is expected to target former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to join current assistant GM Buzz Peterson. Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports previously reported ahead of the trade deadline that there were rumblings around the league about Kupchak joining the Hornets with Cho in the final year of his contract, so this doesn’t come as a surprise.
Kupchak found plenty of success over more than three decades with the Lakers, but he was Womens Nashville Predators Jersey fired in Februrary of 2017 by president Jeanie Buss as Lakers legend Magic Johnson took over basketball operations with Rob Pelinka filling the role of GM. Buss grew frustrated with Los Angeles’ inability to land big-name free agents in recent years, but Kupchak could help retool the Hornets with significantly less pressure in a smaller market.
Per the L.A. Times, Griffin lowered his head and walked off the court after the final buzzer, and neither spoke to nor shook the hands of any Clippers players, coaches or support staff before or after the game.
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Griffin scored 19 points, making seven of 19 field-goal attempts and just one of seven from beyond the arc, and logged eights rebounds and six assists. He and Clippers guard Avery Bradley ï¿½C who was moved from Detroit to L.A. as part of the Griffin trade ï¿½C were both assessed technical fouls after a skirmish and argument under the basket in the first quarter.
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At the end of the day, there’s really just one guy there [from] when I first got there [in 2010], Griffin said, referring to DeAndre Jordan. At the start of the season, we had nine new guys. Organizational, yeah, I was there for nine years. But those guys on the court are not quite the same when it’s a lot of new guys. But, still, it’s a team I’m familiar with. It was a little weird. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like that. So, it’s out of the way. Move on.