Hornets Continue Major Coaching Shake-Up With New Hire

Hornets guard Nick Smith Jr. celebrates a made three-pointer
Hornets guard Nick Smith Jr. celebrates a made three-pointer / David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

New Hornets head coach Charles Lee continued forming his coaching staff on Monday as Charlotte announced veteran Bulls assistant Josh Longstaff will join Lee with the organization.

Longstaff has been under Billy Donovan in Chicago for four years, having previously spent time under Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta with experience as the Hawks G League head coach as well.

He's the second respected assistant to join the Hornets alongside Jazz assistant Lamar Skeeter, giving Lee a strong top start to his tenure.

Hornets News: Charlotte Hires Assistant Coach Josh Longstaff

In addition to Longstaff's experience in Chicago and Atlanta, he's also served as an assistant for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks.

The 41-year-old got his start as a high school basketball coach before moving throughout the professional ranks. He's been a G League head coach for two different teams, adding to his experience helping mold players.

Charles Lee still has a lot of work to do with this roster, as only LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller look like true building blocks. Nonetheless, finding good coaches with a strong development background certainly helps matters.

Charlotte has an opportunity to add to the franchise's nucleus in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Hornets landed the sixth pick in the draft, though they'll have plenty of options despite getting a selection outside of the top five.

As Lee continues to fill out his staff, he's done a good job thus far at identifying highly-respected assistants with experience under successful coaches. Hopefully, this provides a solid foundation for Charlotte to build and return to contention with.

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