Four days after the NBA’s trade deadline passed, Charlotte Hornets GM and president of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak is stepping down, according to reports.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Kupchak will move into an organizational advisor role.
With Kupchak stepping down, Wojnarowski said new Hornets owners Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin are expected to hire his replacement before the end of the regular season. Kupchak will reportedly stay in his current day-to-day role until a hire is made.
ESPN Sources: Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations Mitch Kupchak is stepping down to become an organizational advisor, clearing way for franchise to begin an immediate search for a new head of basketball operations. pic.twitter.com/Vh2p0AudFh
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 12, 2024
According to the report, New Orleans GM Trajan Langdon, Brooklyn assistant GM Jeff Peterson, Cleveland GM Mike Gansey and Philadelphia GM Elton Brand are likely to be in the running for the Hornets’ job.
Kupchak, a UNC graduate and former NBA player, had been in his role with Charlotte since 2018. During that time, the Hornets made the play-in tournament twice, but failed to advance to the postseason. The team posted a 176-259 record.