The Charlotte Hornets are finalizing a deal to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego as head coach, league sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
Borrego met with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan over the weekend, after advancing to the final group of interviews along with Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.
In addition to two interviews with the Hornets, Spurs assistant James Borrego also met with New York and Phoenix about their vacancies. Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images
Borrego is one of the most well-regarded assistants in the league; his coaching career has included two tours on Gregg Popovich’s staff. Borrego turned down the University of New Mexico in his home state last year, choosing to continue pursuit of an NBA head-coaching job.
He will replace Steve Clifford, who was dismissed after consecutive 36-46 seasons with the Hornets.
Borrego made a strong impression in his interview with Mitch Kupchak, the Hornets’ new president of basketball operations and general manager. Kupchak became more intrigued once he started to canvass NBA executives, coaches and players who have worked with Borrego, sources told ESPN.