Rich Cho Rumors

While Houston’s future with the organization seems safe, the rest of the front office is mostly in flux. According to a source, the Knicks hoped to hire Grizzlies executive Rich Cho but that’s now off the table. Word is Cho is happy in Memphis, where he serves as the vice president of basketball strategy for a franchise on the rise that features Ja Morant.
The GM is a crucial part of the plan, given that Rose has no experience actually running a franchise, and names have begun to flicker through the rumor mill. Artūras Karnišovas’ name has been floated by multiple sources, but the Nuggets’ general manager signed a contract extension last summer and the Knicks would need permission to speak to him and possibly compensation to obtain him. An SNY report said some around the league believe long-time Hornets GM Rich Cho is under consideration.
Since we’re still days – weeks? – away from Rose starting, it’s too early to concretely state which coaches or executives will be joining Rose’s Knicks. But one name that several opposing execs expect to get consideration is Rich Cho. Cho, currently an executive with the Memphis Grizzlies, is believed to have a solid relationship with Rose. That’s one reason why those opposing execs see Cho as someone to keep an eye on when it comes to potential additions under Rose.
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After being fired by the Hornets in February of 2018, Cho had been taking some time to experience life in many forms. He started a food blog, became one of the better pickleball players in the world in his age group, and consulted for an NBA team. Interestingly, that NBA team was the Memphis Grizzlies. “I had done some part-time work for the Grizzlies during the season, just studying the league and best practices around different teams, starting last September, I started looking around the league, analyzing every team in a number of different categories.”
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One area in which Kleiman and Cho share a true passion is analytics. “The goal is to be one of the top analytics organizations in the league,” Cho told The Athletic. “There are a number of ways you can do that. I’ve learned a lot of things along the way and I hope to implement a lot of them in Memphis, to take us to a point where we can say we’re one of the leaders across the league in not just analytics but a lot of different sectors of basketball operations.”
The Charlotte Hornets have made significant progress in contract talks with Mitch Kupchak to become president of basketball operations and general manager, and a formal agreement is expected to be reached soon, league sources told ESPN. Kupchak, who won two championships as the Los Angeles Lakers general manager, has been the focus of owner Michael Jordan’s search process to replace ex-GM Rich Cho, whose contract wasn’t renewed.
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The Charlotte Hornets have started securing permission to interview candidates for the franchise’s vacant general manager’s job, league sources told ESPN. Former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak remains a frontrunner to ultimately receive an offer to replace Rich Cho, but the Hornets are engaging in a wider search process and plan to start an initial round of conversations with candidates as soon as this week, league sources said.
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After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte’s front office, and Kupchak is a primary target to partner with Peterson, league sources told ESPN.
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“I want to thank Rich for all of his hard work with the Charlotte Hornets organization through the years and wish him and his family the best in the future,” said Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan. “Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization. We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”
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The Hornets have had no contact with Kupchak on a possible position, league sources said. Kupchak won two NBA titles as Lakers GM before he was swept out in 2017 upon the arrival of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. Jordan has long had an affinity for surrounding himself with fellow Tar Heels, and his plan includes Peterson remaining one of the key — if not the key — decision-maker in basketball matters. Charlotte could be pursuing Kupchak to further groom Peterson to take over full control of basketball operations, but the specifics of a role has not even been discussed with Kupchak, league sources said.
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Cho is in the final year of his contract and there have been rumblings that former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is a favorite among high-ranking team officials to take over next summer. If Hornets owner Michael Jordan is resolved to replace Cho, he may not sign off on dealing Charlotte’s most appealing asset.
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The Hornets continue to field calls on Kemba Walker, but no Walker deal gets done unless a team absorbs one of the handful of bad contracts on Charlotte’s roster, sources said. Another variable at play: The future of GM Rich Cho. Cho is in the final year of his contract and there have been rumblings that former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is a favorite among high-ranking team officials to take over next summer. If Hornets owner Michael Jordan is resolved to replace Cho, he may not sign off on dealing Charlotte’s most appealing asset.
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Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today the signings of free agents Terry Henderson and Luke Petrasek, finalizing the team’s 2017 training camp roster at 20 players. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. The training camp roster now stands at 20. Henderson, a 6-4 shooting guard out of Raleigh, North Carolina spent his final two seasons at North Carolina State after transferring from West Virginia. In his senior season, the Wolfpack standout averaged 13.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game in 32 appearances. For his career, Henderson averaged 11.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25.9 minutes over the course of a combined 91 games at North Carolina State and West Virginia.
General manager Rich Cho and coach Steve Clifford have said the team wants to sign a third point guard behind starter Kemba Walker and recently-signed backup Michael Carter-Williams. That player would likely have to sign for the veteran minimum (which fluctuates from player to player, based on seasons of experience) because the Hornets are inching toward the luxury-tax threshold of about $119 million for next season.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has named Buzz Peterson Assistant General Manager. “Throughout his tenure with our organization, Buzz has been an integral part of all aspects of our basketball operations department, with a focus on scouting and player evaluation,” Cho said. “He brings a wide breadth of basketball knowledge to the position, having been involved in the game at various levels for close to three decades. I’m excited to be working more closely with Buzz in his new role and look forward to his continued contributions to our basketball team.”
By all accounts, the Charlotte Hornets and GM Rich Cho had a solid NBA draft night, picking up one of the top shooters on the board in Kentucky’s Malik Monk and snagging Florida State standout Dwayne Bacon in the second round. However, Cho suffered a regrettable draft-related moment Friday when introducing Monk and Bacon to the media back in North Carolina. Yup, he really called Dwayne Bacon ‘Dwyane Wade.”

Rich Cho on bringing in a lesser known Miles Plumlee for two veterans like Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes: “Well, we felt like we needed more physicality on the frontline, and athleticism. And those are two things Miles can bring. Those are two of his strengths. He might not be as well known as the other guys [Hawes and Hibbert], but he has been in the league for a while. He’s 28-year-old. We’ve seen him a ton and I think he’s pretty well known within the NBA circle, maybe not to the fans out there as much, but he’s pretty well known within the NBA circle”