Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield released the following statement today after the announcement was made by New Orleans team officials regarding their intentions to change their official team nickname:

“We are aware of the impending change regarding the team nickname in New Orleans. We are currently in contact with the NBA and conducting our own due diligence relative to this matter. We will not have any further comment until we have completed this process.”

From InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner: I assume this means the Charlotte Bobcats are considering the possibility of once again being called the Charlotte Hornets. The current Hornets will become the Pelicans at the conclusion of the 2012-13 NBA season, so the Hornets name won’t be in use anymore.