Former Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano will take his basketball expertise to the Charlotte Hornets to serve as James Borrego’s lead assistant. ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski spread the word on Triano’s hiring via Twitter on Sunday.
Jay Triano has agreed to become the top assistant on James Borrego's new coaching staff with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2018
Triano joined the Blazers’ staff prior to the 2012-13 season, and parted ways with coach Terry Stotts when he joined the Suns’ staff in the summer of 2016. After an underwhelming 0-3 start to the year, Triano replaced Earl Watson as Phoenix’s head coach for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
He will now join Borrego in his first season as the Hornets’ head coach. Borrego spent the last three seasons with the Spurs as an assistant. Borrego and his staff will be tasked with getting Charlotte’s collection of veteran players back to the postseason.