Charlotte Bobcats Will Announce Name Change to Hornets on Tuesday

Apr 12, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets mascot Hugo dances by the mid-court logo during the fourth quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets are re-branding their team next year and will become the New Orleans Pelicans sending the Hornets NBA franchise brand name into retirement. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It was widely expected that the Charlotte Bobcats would be switching their nickname back to the Hornets when New Orleans became the Pelicans and now we will learn that the name change is officially coming. Sources with knowledge of the situation told Sports Illustrated that owner Michael Jordan will inform the media on Tuesday that Charlotte will be switching the teams name back to the Charlotte Hornets.

Per Sports Illustrated:

The person says Jordan will detail the timetable for the change to be completed at a press conference the Bobcats have scheduled for Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the name change has not been publicly announced.

NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver previously has said it would take “about 18 months” for the Bobcats to change their name. That means Charlotte could once again become the Hornets by the 2014-15 season.

The Charlotte Hornets existed from 1988-2002, before the team relocated in New Orleans.

Now, nostalgic fans who have been clamoring for the impressive color scheme and throwback Hornet uniforms will be getting their wish. Personally, I can’t wait to see those snapbacks make a comeback.

Topics: Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Hornets

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