Charlotte Bobcats hire Steve Clifford as head coach

The Charlotte Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle to hire former Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford to be the team’s next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Wojnarowski adds that Clifford will sign a two-year deal with a team option for a third year that could be worth approximately $6 million. He replaces Mike Dunlap, who was fired after one season on the job. He led the Bobcats to an overall record of 21-61 this year.

One of Clifford’s first moves is expected to be the hiring of Patrick Ewing as one of his assistant coaches. This would reunite Ewing with close friend and owner of the Bobcats, Michael Jordan.

Prior to joining the Lakers as an assistant, Clifford had stops in New York, Houston and Orlando. Before reaching an agreement with the Bobcats, he was also a finalist for the Milwaukee Buck vacancy.

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