Mitch Kupchak has been named president and general manager of the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced Sunday.

Kupchak, who won four championships as the Los Angeles Lakers GM, has been the clear focus of owner Michael Jordan's search process to replace ex-GM Rich Cho, whose contract wasn't renewed.

"I'm excited to join the Hornets organization, and I want to thank Michael for this opportunity," Kupchak said in a statement. "I am well aware of the passion for basketball in Charlotte and throughout the entire state of North Carolina‎, and I am confident that we can build the Hornets into a successful team that our great fans can be proud of."

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