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Buzz Peterson named Assistant General Manager of the Hornets

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Peterson had previously served as Senior Advisor to Basketball Operations.

Buzz Peterson

The Charlotte Hornets have named Buzz Peterson Assistant General Manager, according to a press release from the team:

Peterson previously served as Senior Advisor to Basketball Operations. Before that, he had worked for the team as a scout and Director of Player Personnel. He most recently joined the organization in 2014, but previously worked for the team in 2008 while Larry Brown was head coach.

While Peterson has only worked in the front office for a few seasons, he has an extensive college coaching career, with stints at UNC Wilmington, Tennessee, Coastal Carolina, Tulsa, and Appalachian State. In 16 years as a head coach, he has an overall record of 267-227.

The appointment comes soon after former Assistant GM Chad Buchanan left the team to take over as General Manager of the Indiana Pacers. Rather than finding an outside hire, the team decided to promote Peterson, who has a long standing relationship with owner Michael Jordan, having played and roomed with him in college at North Carolina. Calls of nepotism are understandable given the team’s history (particularly in the early years of Jordan’s ownership), but Peterson’s coaching history gives him an extensive list of contacts at the college level, and his time working with the front office the past few seasons means he is familiar with team’s current and future goals.

Charlotte wrapped up the Orlando Summer League this morning with a win over the Orlando Magic. Free agency is still open, but it is unlikely the team will make any significant moves given their limited cap space.