The advent of the internet begat the downfall of ESPN as a reputable source of sports journalism....but my god, apparently it's a bottomless pit. That "article" is truly pathetic...tempted to send my apologies to the "writer."
"The Charlotte Hornets name has been a mainstay throughout the region for many years, and we are excited to announce our intention to re-establish this historic brand. We believe that its return will galvanize our fan base by unifying our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have strong memories of our city's NBA predecessor." MJ, 5-21-13
ESPN is not the first to run this rumor or story. They are just scraping for stories