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Charles Lee has agreed to a four-year contract as Hornets coach, sources say
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Charles Lee has agreed to a four-year contract as Hornets coach, sources say

Boston Celtics head assistant coach Charles Lee has agreed to a four-year contract to become head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, sources told ESPN Thursday morning.

Lee, 39, had become one of the league’s most talented assistant coaches and will now be tapped by new executive president of basketball operations Jeff Peterson in Charlotte to lead the Hornets’ rebuild. Lee and Peterson started their NBA careers together with the Atlanta Hawks.

Lee will complete the Celtics’ playoff run before joining the Hornets full-time, sources said.

Before joining Boston last summer as a top assistant under Joe Mazzulla, Lee spent five years under two-time NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer with the Bucks and was part of Milwaukee’s 2021 NBA championship team.

Lee replaces Steve Clifford, who resigned at the end of the season to take a front office role. Charlotte has a chance to be much improved after a 21-61 season with the healthy return of All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball, the potential re-signing of free agent forward Miles Bridges and the rapid development of No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller .

Lee began his coaching career in 2012 at Bucknell, where he was the Patriot League Player of the Year in his senior season of 2010. After playing international professional basketball for two years, Lee joined Budenholzer’s staff with the Hawks in 2014 before he moved to the club. Bucks in 2018 and the Celtics last summer.