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REPORT: Borrego finalizes four-year deal to join Hornets as new head coach

Borrego is now, officially the first Hispanic full-time head coach in NBA history.
Orlando Magic head coach James Borrego reacts on the sidelines against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Photo by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN, former San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego has finalized a deal to become the new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets.

The terms of the deal in the report only included the length of the contract. Borrego signed a four-year deal with the fourth year serving as a team option.

Borrego is now, officially the first Hispanic full-time NBA head coach in league history.

“The Hornets were sold on Borrego's strong credentials as one of Gregg Popovich's long-time assistants, including his abilities in player development, game planning on both the offensive and defensive ends, and his ability to build relationships with players,” the report states.

Spurs assistants Ettore Messina, who filled in for Gregg Popovich in the playoffs after his wife died, and Ime Udoka were also reportedly being considered for the position.

Borrego was also in consideration for a head coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks, along with several other Spurs assistants, including Becky Hammon.

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