REPORT: Steve Clifford Returning to Charlotte As Head Coach

Charlotte’s search for a head coach has ended with a familiar after Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the franchise had brought Steve Clifford to man the Hornets’ sideline.

Clifford led Charlotte to a 196-214 record during his five-season tenure and two playoff trips from 2013-2018. Clifford previously served as an assistant with the Hornets, Magic, Lakers, Knicks, and Rockets. He will replace James Borrego, who was let go by the franchise after four seasons and a 138-163 record that failed to lead to a postseason appearance.

The Hornets are looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The franchise is yet to make it past the semifinals since 2002.