Coach James Borrego and the Hornets are finalizing a multiyear contract extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Borrego, 43, has been Charlotte’s coach since 2018 and has compiled a 95-124 record, including a 33-39 mark last season. He has yet to lead the Hornets to the playoffs, but the improvements have been clear as he has earned the respect of the players.
“Borrego has overseen significant development of a young roster and reached 2021 Play-In despite several major injuries,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Borrego has one year remaining on his contract, though the extension is sure to change that.
“The move will give the Hornets needed depth at small forward behind Gordon Hayward after their 2020-21 season crumbled in the aftermath of Hayward’s foot injury suffered April 2 in a win at the Indiana Pacers,” wrote the Charlotte Observer’s Jonathan M. Alexander of the Oubre addition. “The Hornets left that game in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings at 25-23 but went 8-16 the rest of the way with Hayward sidelined.”