New Hornets coach James Borrego ready to stick with existing roster

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New Hornets coach James Borrego plans to make Charlotte relevant again in the Eastern Conference by developing the existing players on the roster.

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Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday that "there is no master plan to blow up this team right now" when asked about the chances of dramatically overhauling the roster after back-to-back 36-win seasons. He said Borrego was hired with the understanding that "he was going to coach the guys that are on this team right now."

Borrego, who was hired Thursday night and is believed to be the first Hispanic-American head coach in NBA history, appeared to be up to the challenge when he was introduced at a news conference Friday.147

"My mentality is this is our group and we are moving forward with it," said Borrego, who becomes the 11th head coach in franchise history. "I'm excited about that current group as it stands right now. I think our biggest room for growth is the internal development piece."

Borrego agreed to a four-year deal, with the Hornets holding a team option on the fourth year of the contract, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Borrego's attitude is a good thing since Kupchak said the Hornets don't have a lot of salary-cap flexibility at this time, something that will affect what the team can do this offseason in terms of free agency and trades. Kupchak noted that "right now the likelihood is we are going to go forward with this team."nfl jerseys cheap china

Borrego said it is up to him to develop younger players Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon, who saw limited playing time last season as rookies under former coach Steve Clifford. He also pointed toward getting more out of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was the No. 2 pick in 2012 and is just 24, and Frank Kaminsky, also a first-round draft pick.

"There is a group of young guys that after this summer should take a major leap," Borrego said. "If they take a major leap, our roster changes significantly."

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