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Hornets reunite former Trail Blazers general managers Rich Cho and Chad Buchanan

Jul 1, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT


When the Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Rich Cho three years ago, they replaced him with a promoted Chad Buchanan.

Eventually, Portland hired Neil Olshey as general manager and demoted Buchanan to Director of NBA Scouting.

Now, Cho – in charge in Charlotte after Rod Higgins’ surprising ouster – and Buchanan with the Hornets. This time, they won’t have to work under Paul Allen’s meddling.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

This combination should work well. Both are definitely qualified personnel men, and Cho already has Charlotte’s next chapter off on the right foot by drafting Noah Vonleh and trading down for P.J. Hairston.

Buchanan’s advice should only help. I trust Cho knows, from experience, they’d work well together.

Michael Jordan once interfered too much. Now, he’s hiring bright people and letting them do their jobs. This seems like a continuation of that shift.

  1. rexgrossman8 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Im glad i jumped on the Hornet’s bandwagon after their 7 win season. Good to see a new old era in Charlotte.

  2. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Lance would fit great with this team, if not him then maybe a different SG mould and get a sharpshooter next to Kemba, MKG, Vonleh and Big Al

    • qdog112 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      PJ Hairston is that SG. Vonleh is a shooter @ 4. They have upgraded. Parson’s would be nice, Blatche spelling Big Al. What about Deng on the wing?

      Brian Roberts, Steve Blake, Jameer Nelson or Session as backup to Kemba. They have the core to challenge in the East. I expect both Hairston and Vonleh to be future all stars, in short order.

      Charlotte has become an attractive landing spot for FAs.

  3. JT - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    The Hornets seem to be heading in the right direction, who would’ve ever thought this would be the case??

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