As soon as the Hornets fired Rich Cho as general manager, Mitch Kupchak emerged as the likely replacement. Charlotte interviewed other candidates but has apparently circled back to the expected choice.
Marc Stein of The New York Times:
His North Carolina connection with Hornets owner Michael Jordan probably helped Kupchak get another chance.
If he accepts the offer, Kupchak will inherit a rough situation. Charlotte is merely a borderline playoff team and strapped with:
- Nicolas Batum (three years, $76,695,651 remaining)
- Cody Zeller (three years, $43,415,730 remaining)
- Marvin Williams (two years, $29,093,750 remaining)
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (two years, $26,000,000 remaining)
- Dwight Howard (one year, $23,819,725 remaining)
Will Kupchak trade Walker and rebuild? Unloading all those big contracts won’t be easy.
Will Kupchak try to win around Walker? Again, those big contracts are prohibitive.
A middle ground of rebuilding while keeping the beloved Walker? That might push him out in free agency.
This isn’t an easy job, but there are only 30 NBA general managers. Kupchak has an offer to become one again.