CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets intend to take Larry Johnson of Nevada-Las Vegas with the No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday's NBA draft, a team source told The Charlotte Observer yesterday.
The source said the Hornets have eliminated Syracuse forward Billy Owens. Barring a dramatic and unexpected reversal toward Georgetown center Dikembe Mutombo, the team will take Johnson, a 6-7 forward, with the pick.
Hornets vice president Allan Bristow would acknowledge only that team management has eliminated one of the two forwards under consideration and has one player in mind. He said he plans not to reveal the Hornets' decision until draft night.