Charlotte Hornets Head Coach Candidates: Odds For Next Hornets Coach

Charlotte Hornets Head Coach Candidates: Odds For Next Hornets Coach
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  • 👀The Charlotte Hornets are again on the search for a new head coach.
  • 📈Below, our experts reveal exclusive odds to be the next Hornets head coach.
  • 🏀Celtics assistant Charles Lee is the favorite, though Lindsey Harding could be the surprise hire.

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford announced on April 3 that he will step down from his role at the end of the season and will move into an advisory role with the front office next season. The Hornets will begin their search for a new head coach immediately, the first such search for co-owners Gabe Plotkin, Rick Schnall, and recently hired Executive VP/Basketball Operations Jeff Peterson. 

Where will the Hornets look?, your top source for North Carolina sports betting, has compiled hypothetical odds on who may lead LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller and the rest of the Hornets into the 2024-2025 NBA season. 

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Charlotte Hornets Next Head Coach Odds

Coach Current Position Odds % Chance
Charles Lee Celtics Assistant Coach+27526.7%
Jordi Fernandez Kings Assistant Coach+40020.0%
Kevin Young Suns Assistant Coach+60014.3%
Lindsey Harding Stockton Kings (G League)+60014.3%
David Vanterpool Wizards Assistant Coach+15006.3%
Sam Cassell Celtics Assistant Coach+15006.3%
Terry Stotts Former Trail Blazers Head Coach+25003.8%
Kenny Atkinson Warriors Assistant Coach+30003.2%
The Field+15006.3%

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The current favorite to land the Hornets job this offseason is current Celtics assistant Charles Lee (+275), the right-hand man to Joe Mazzulla in Boston. Lee cut his teeth under Mike Budenholzer as an assistant with the Bucks from 2018-2023, winning a title in 2021. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix tweeted shortly after the Clifford news, “There’s been a lot of chatter in coaching circles that Celtics assistant Charles Lee will be a strong candidate in Charlotte.” 

Worth noting: Lee also crossed paths with Schnall and Peterson in Atlanta when he was an assistant with the Hawks from 2014-2018, where Schnall was a minority owner and Peterson was in the front office. Peterson already has received permission to interview Lee, per ESPN.

Other Contenders For Hornets Coach

Next on the oddsboard are Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez (+400) and Suns assistant Kevin Young (+600). Fernandez has worked under defensive-minded coaches in Mike Malone and Mike Brown, and recently was named Canada’s national team coach, replacing Nick Nurse. 

Young was close to being named the Suns’ head coach last offseason before the front office went with veteran Frank Vogel, and is seen as one of the top up-and-coming coaches on the NBA sidelines. 

Like Lee, both Fernandez and Young have been requested to interview with the Hornets.

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Could Hornets Hire The First Female NBA Head Coach?

Among the notables on the board is current Sacramento Kings G League head coach Lindsey Harding (+600), who just collected G League Coach of the Year honors for her work with the Stockton Kings. Charlotte was granted permission on Monday to interview her for the job, sources told ESPN. 

She of course would become the first full-time female NBA head coach, a potential monumental hire for a franchise struggling for relevancy in the NBA. Harding, 39, has worked with the 76ers and Kings organizations after her nine-year playing career in the WNBA.

Also on the board is Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson (+3000), who of course briefly agreed to coach the Hornets two years ago before backing out of the deal to remain as Steve Kerr’s right-hand man. 

Could the Charlotte Hornets' new ownership really circle back to Atkinson? It’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened in the NBA. 

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Thomas Leary is an editor and writer for, with a focus on the Panthers, Hornets and college sports. He previously worked at Sports Business Journal.

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