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Charlotte Hornets can Rod Higgins two weeks before NBA draft

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJune 13, 2014 

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Rod Higgins, seen here in a 2011 Observer file photo, is out as head of the Charlotte Hornets basketball operations.

ROBERT LAHSER — Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Rod Higgins is out as head of the Charlotte Hornets basketball operations.

In an odd and ill-timed press release, the Hornets announced past midnight Friday that president of basketball operations Rod Higgins has “stepped down” two weeks before the Hornets make the ninth, 24th and 45th picks in the NBA draft.

Higgins has effectively run the Bobcats/Hornets basketball ops since June of 2011. He was a key figure in the decisions to sign free agents Al Jefferson and Ramon Sessions.

The Hornets noted in their press release that general manager Rich Cho will continue to report to Jordan and vice-chairman Curtis Polk.

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