Hornets name returns to Charlotte for first time since 2002

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Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.

The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.

But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team’s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

NEW YORK — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are ready to make the most of their new surroundings.

Traded from Boston to Brooklyn, the duo was introduced along with Jason Terry on Thursday at a news conference at Barclays Center, their new home.

Pierce said it was tough to leave Boston, where he played his entire career. He appeared dazed at times while listening to questions and answers, even having to ask for one to be repeated while trying to fight his way out of a fog.

FREE AGENT: Waived Tuesday by the Miami Heat through the NBA’s amnesty-release program, swingman Mike Miller cleared waivers Thursday and is now a free agent.

TIMBERWOLVES: Signed free agent center Ronny Turiaf. The 30-year-old Turiaf agreed to terms last week on a two-year, $3.2 million contract.

MAGIC: Signed free agent big man Jason Maxiell, adding a veteran presence.

WARRIORS: Signed free agent guard Toney Douglas to a contract.


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