Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson has agreed to a four-year deal to turn into the new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Atkinson will substitute James Borrego, who was fired in April after going 138-163 in his 4 seasons with the staff.
The Hornets had narrowed their search to Atkinson and Mike D’Antoni. Both candidates already had two conferences with administration, together with with normal supervisor Mitch Kupchak, after which met with proprietor Michael Jordan this week.
Atkinson is the second Golden State assistant coach set to go away the Warriors and take over a new staff. Mike Brown, affiliate head coach, was employed to coach the Sacramento Kings subsequent season. Both are remaining with Golden State via the tip of the NBA Finals, with Game 4 towards the Boston Celtics set for Friday night time and Golden State trailing within the best-of-seven sequence 2-1.
Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Brooklyn Nets, inheriting a full rebuild and exhibiting enchancment every season till he resigned after an injury-plagued 2019-20 season. He spent the 2020-21 season with the LA Clippers as an assistant earlier than becoming a member of Steve Kerr’s employees in Golden State forward of this run to the NBA Finals.
Overall, he has spent 9 seasons as an NBA assistant, together with 4 with the New York Knicks, three with the Atlanta Hawks and one every with the Clippers and Warriors.
The Hornets have missed the playoffs in six consecutive seasons, the longest drought in franchise historical past and second-longest energetic streak behind the Kings (16). But Charlotte has a number of constructing blocks on a staff that went 43-39 through the common season to attain the play-in sport, together with All-Star LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, who is ready to be a restricted free agent.
This previous season, Charlotte struggled defensively, permitting 114.9 factors per sport, which was tied for twenty fifth within the league. Atkinson improved the Nets’ defensive effectivity in each season of his four-year tenure, taking them from twenty third in 2017 to ninth in 2020.
ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.