Clifford coached the Hornets to two winning seasons, including a 48-win squad in 2016 that secured the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Clifford was named Charlotte head coach in May of 2013.
Charlotte's future is capped by large contracts that will see their salary cap balloon to almost $118 million next season if they don't make any moves.
Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired
Irma - a Category 5 storm, the strongest designation, wrecked havoc on Caribbean islands; Barbuda was nearly completely destroyed. Nate, a hurricane that hit central America as a tropical storm, then the US Gulf Coast, is also being retired.
Clifford is the third coach fired after Jeff Hornacek (New York Knicks) and Frank Vogel (Orlando Magic) were both dismissed from their respective teams after the regular season concluded. "I don't care how many years you have left on your contract".
He acknowledged that the Hornets "didn't make good progress" this year, particularly on defence, his forte.
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Clifford was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers for one season while Kupchak was the general manager there.
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Charlotte finished 36-46 despite what Clifford on Wednesday called his most talented team. He lead the team to the playoffs twice in his first four seasons.