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Bobcats lure Higgins away from Warriors to be GM

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats today hired Rod Higgins as general manager, a move that reunites him with former boss Michael Jordan.

Higgins has served as general manager at Golden State the past three seasons, part of more than two decades of experience as a player, coach or executive in the NBA.

The Warriors had granted the Bobcats permission to speak to Higgins over the weekend.

Higgins will manage and oversee all player personnel matters for Bobcats as the franchise heads into its fourth season.

Higgins was assistant G-M with the Washington Wizards from 2000-to-2003, when Jordan was the team's president of basketball operations. Higgins also played in Chicago during Jordan's rookie season with the Bulls in 1984-85.

Jordan became a part-owner of the Bobcats last June.

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