(NEW YORK) — The Charlotte Bobcats have started the process of changing their name back to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report by CBSSports.com
Sources told CBS Sports that the Bobcats are looking to acquire the assets that will allow them to be called the Hornets once more.
The Charlotte NBA franchise was known as the Hornets from 1988-2002, before the team relocated to New Orleans.
There is no timetable for the switch, but NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver told season ticket holders in April that any name change would take 18 months. It became a possibility when the New Orleans franchise recently changed their name to the Pelicans.
The Bobcats became the NBA’s 30th team in 2004, making the playoffs once in their nine-year history.
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