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Reports say Bobcats will announce they wish to change name Tuesday

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The Bobcats are planning to officially announce a name change to the Hornets.

Streeter Lecka

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer the Bobcats will announce that they wish to change their name to the Hornets Tuesday.

As many know, the Bobcats were originally the Charlotte Hornets throughout the nineties before being moved to New Orleans in 2002. New Orleans changed their name to the Pelicans, giving the Bobcats the opportunity to reclaim the Hornets name.

The announcement will take place at Time Warner Cable arena Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST.

This does not come as too much of a surprise considering news broke Saturday that the Bobcats started the name-changing process. I do find it weird that the team chose to make the announcement on the same day as the draft lottery, however. Maybe they're looking for some luck. Either way, according to Adam Silver, a name change can't take place for another 18 months which means the Bobcats would not be able to officially adopt the Hornets name until the 2014-2015 season.