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Report: Hornets exercising coach James Borrego’s option for next season

Hornets coach James Borrego

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 02: Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego directs a play during their game against the Miami Heat at Spectrum Center on May 02, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

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The Hornets looked completely ill-prepared for postseason basketball.

But their lopsided play-in loss to the Pacers won’t keep them from keeping James Borrego as coach next season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

At some point, Borrego must win more to keep his job. Charlotte has gone 39-43, 23-42 and 33-39 in his three seasons.

But the Hornets haven’t had rosters worthy of higher expectations yet.

Borrego has overseen quality player development – especially of Devonte’ Graham, Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges. Borrego’s offensive scheme is fairly dynamic. Charlotte played better when Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball were healthy.

That all buys Borrego more time to develop and show his coaching ability. It wouldn’t even be shocking if the Hornets give him a contract extension rather than force him into a lame-duck season.

But, as Borrego nears the end of his contract, pressure is mounting.