Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson watches through the first half of the crew’s NBA basketball sport in opposition to the Washington Wizards, Feb. 1, 2020, in Washington. The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to phrases on a contract with Atkinson, now a Golden State Warriors assistant, to develop into their subsequent coach, in response to an individual aware of the scenario. The individual spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity Friday as a result of Atkinson has not but signed the contract. (AP Picture/Nick Wass, File)

CHARLOTTE — The pinnacle teaching seek for the Charlotte Hornets that gave the impression to be completed over per week in the past is again underway.

In line with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson has reportedly modified his thoughts and won’t develop into the subsequent head job for the Hornets. Whereas it was reported on June 10 that Atkinson and the Hornets had agreed in precept to a four-year deal, the contract was by no means signed and the 55-year-old coach will as an alternative stay in Golden State.

Atkinson, contemporary off of a championship victory with Golden State, received his first championship on the sidelines Thursday night time because the Warriors pulled away to a 103-90 Recreation 6 win over the Boston Celtics. 

On Saturday, he knowledgeable Charlotte and Golden State of his resolution to remain in San Francisco, and as an alternative develop into the highest assistant with Golden State changing Mike Brown, who lately accepted the head-coaching gig for the Sacramento Kings.

Hornets crew proprietor Michael Jordan and basic supervisor Mitch Kupchak will now return to the drafting board to search out the alternative for ex-coach James Borrego, presumably concentrating on the opposite coaches the crew had narrowed in on all through the search. Longtime NBA head coaches Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts joined Atkinson as Charlotte’s high three candidates for the job, per sources. 

As a result of the Hornets haven’t been to the playoffs because the 2015-16 season and haven’t received a playoff collection in additional than 20 years, Jordan and Kupchak are hopeful {that a} new coach can information and construct a younger Hornets crew led by LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges to sustained success.

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