Steve Clifford is stepping down as the Charlotte Hornets‘ coach at the end of the season and is expected to move into a front office role with the franchise.

The Hornets announced that Clifford will coach their final seven games, beginning Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Clifford informed his assistants and players of the news Wednesday morning, sources said.

Charlotte’s new executive vice president of basketball operations Jeff Peterson and co-owners Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin were open to bringing him back as coach next season, but Clifford, 62, decided he wasn’t prepared to commit to the year-round grind of head coaching for the 2024-2025 season, sources said.