Grantland's Zach Lowe was the first to make mention of the this in a recent column, where he informed readers that Charlotte has released three scouts. However, At the Hive can only confirm one of the three that have been removed at this time.
This news might not be a big deal, but it's definitely a sign that Charlotte's removal of Scott Howard earlier in the offseason was more than just a minor move. There appears to be some major re-arranging taking place up top within the Hornets organization, and we still aren't clear what exactly the reasoning is. Lowe mentions in his column that these are veteran scouts, just like Howard, and it could perhaps be a clash of ideals.
The Hornets front office has gone through a lot of changes over the last couple years, with Cho taking greater control of the franchise, and the removal of Rod Higgins. Perhaps these are scouts that were left over from the previous regime, and the team decided that it was best to move on from them to make sure everybody is on the same page. After all, it was reported that not everybody in the front office agreed on signing Lance Stephenson, and this could very well be the team trying to make sure splits like that don't happen again.
What we hope is that this isn't the team overreacting to their poor season and trying to make changes as a result. Getting everybody in the front office to be working towards the same ideal team is fine, but removing scouts just cause they happened to get it wrong would be the sign of a very unhealthy front office. At the moment, there's no evidence to tell us this is the case, but there is nothing out there to quell that fear either.
One thing is for sure, the Hornets front office will be something to keep our eyes on throughout the offseason.