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Hornets to pick up head coach James Borrego's option for 2021-22

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 2021-05-25
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Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego looks on against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter at Capital One Arena.  Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Hornets will exercise their option for next season on head coach James Borrego, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.

When Charlotte hired Borrego in 2018, he was given a contract with three guaranteed years, along with an option for the fourth. Although his record is just 95-124 with the Hornets, he has spent most of that time overseeing a rebuilding project.

With the offseason addition of Gordon Hayward in free agency and the performance of Rookie of the Year candidate LaMelo Ball, Charlotte appears to be headed in the right direction. Charania notes that the Hornets were in the race for home-court advantage before Hayward and Ball were injured (Twitter link). The team wound up making the play-in tournament, but was eliminated in the first game.

Borrego, 43, served as an assistant coach for eight years with New Orleans, Orlando and San Antonio before becoming a head coach. He served as an interim head coach with the Magic for 30 games during the 2014-15 season.

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