Unlike coach James Borrego, Kupchak was not signed to a contract extension and rumors persist he could move into an advisory role with the team.
“But to be fair, word of Kupchak’s potential departure — or a transition to more of an advisory role — has echoed among league personnel for each of the past few seasons,” Fischer wrote. “Still, there would seem to be more credence to the rumors this summer without an extension in place.”
Should the Hornets and Kupchak move on, Hornets assistant GM Buzz Peterson and Bulls GM Marc Eversley could be considered early potential replacements, Fischer wrote. Peterson was a roommate of Hornets owner Michael Jordan during their playing days at North Carolina, and the two remain close. Eversley was formerly employed by Nike, which also has ties to Jordan.