Charlotte Hornets will have a new, very young president

The Charlotte Hornets have chosen their president: this is the very young Jeff Peterson, 35 years old.

Peterson will officially take office in the next few weeks, contract signatures are still missing, but he is now the choice. He comes from the Brooklyn Nets, where he has served as assistant general manager since 2019, also crossing paths with current Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant at the Nets until 2022.

Peterson had also previously worked, again as assistant GM, with one of the franchise’s new owners, Rick Schnall, when the latter was a minority partner in the Hawks. He will be the youngest person in the NBA to hold the position of President of Basketball Operations., left vacant in Charlotte by a gurus like Mitch Kupchak who will remain with the club in an advisory capacity. Peterson beat off competition from a dozen other executives, all already within the NBA, whom Hornets ownership interviewed before making its decision.

The roster for the future is almost a blank sheet of paper, by virtue of the latest transactions orchestrated by Kupchack such as the departures of Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier and PJ Washington. The new PBO will have salary space to rebuild around young Brandon Miller and LaMelo Ball but will also have to deal with finishing the renovation of the arena and the construction of the new facility: investment from almost 350 million dollars. In short, a lot to do but all the prerequisites to leave their mark on the Charlotte Hornets.

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