NEW ORLEANS - The Hornets and general manager Jeff Bower have "mutually agreed" to part ways immediately.
The Hornets announced Tuesday that Bower, a Hollidaysburg native, was leaving after spending more than 14 seasons with the club in various capacities. He was the club's GM since 2005.
Hornets President Hugh Weber says it was in the best interest of the club to part ways with Bower at this time and that a search for a general manager is already under way.
Bower took over as head coach nine games into last season after the firing of Byron Scott, leading the Hornets to a 34-39 record that left the club at 37-45 overall and out of the playoffs. He went back to the front office during the offseason, when Monty Williams was hired as the Hornets' new coach.
"I want to thank Jeff for all his service for our organization," said Hornets owner George Shinn said in a statement. "Gary Chouest and I have the necessary resources and will continue to do what it takes this summer to make our team better. Under the new leadership of Monty Williams, our team president Hugh Weber and our new general manager we feel very positive about our future as an organization."