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Hornets receive permission to interview three general manager candidates

The Hornets are expected to interview three candidates for their general manager position in addition to Mitch Kupchek, who remains the front runner.

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The Charlotte Hornets are progressing in their search for a new general manager, and have been granted permission to interview three candidates, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The three candidates include Marc Eversley, vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia 76ers, Gersson Rosas, executive vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets, and Adam Simon, assistant general manager of the Miami Heat.

However, former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak remains the front runner. According to Woj, “Charlotte has directly registered its interest with Kupchak.”

Among those listed, only Kupchak has the most experience as general manager of an NBA team. He won two titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, but was let go by Magic Johnson last year.

The other three, while lacking GM experience, have extensive experience in NBA front offices. Eversley has been with the Sixers since 2016, but previously served with the Wizards for three years in the same role, and spent seven years with the Raptors as assistant GM. Rosas has been with the Rockets for 17 seasons and has moved his way up the front office latter. He briefly served as GM of the Mavericks in 2013. Simon started as an intern with the Heat 23 years ago, and has worked as general manager of Miami’s G-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

There’s a lot to like about this list. Kupchak has built championship rosters, while Eversley, Rosas, and Simon have a ton of experience working for successful NBA franchises. Even if Kupchak remains the front runner, I hope the other three get a fair chance to make their case.

Whoever gets the job, it will be interesting to see what approach they have to the short and long-term outlook of the franchise. It’s worth noting that only Eversley comes from a franchise that bottomed out to rebuild, while the others come from franchises that have re-tooled to build rosters.

We’ll have more on the search as information comes available, but in the meantime, debate away at who you like out of this group, or who not among this list should get a call.