Sources: Hornets to hire Atkinson as new coach

by Gordon Dixon - Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson has agreed to a four-year deal to become the new head coach of the Hornets, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. He replaces the fired James Borrego.

Sources: Hornets to hire Atkinson as new coach

Charlotte Hornets to hire Kenny Atkinson as new head coach, sources say 6:27 PM ET ESPN Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson has agreed to a four-year deal to become the new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets , sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Atkinson will replace James Borrego, who was fired in April after going 138-163 in his four seasons with the team. The Hornets has narrowed their search to Atkinson and Mike D'Antoni. Both candidates already had two meetings with management, including with general manager Mitch Kupchak, and then met with owner Michael Jordan this week. Atkinson is the second Golden State assistant coach set to leave the Warriors and take over a new team. Mike Brown was hired to coach the Sacramento Kings next season. Both are remaining with Golden State through the end of the NBA Finals, with Game 4 against the Boston Celtics set for Friday night and Golden State trailing in the best-of-seven series, 2-1. Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Brooklyn Nets , inheriting a full rebuild and showing improvement each season until resigning after an injury-plagued 2019-20 season. He spent the 2020-21 season with the LA Clippers as an assistant before joining Steve Kerr's staff in Golden State ahead of this run to the NBA Finals.