According to multiple sources the Hornets are expected to undergo a name change as early as next season. The Hornets new nickname will be the “Pelicans”.
The Hornets also considered the nicknames Krewe (groups of costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans) and Brass.
Louisiana is the Pelican State. The brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and official state painting. Moreover, the Pelicans played minor league baseball in New Orleans in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959 and in 1977.
According to Gale Benson, Benson’s wife, the new franchise colors will most likely be navy blue, red, and gold.
I am not sure how I feel about “The New Orleans Pelicans” just yet, It does not seem to roll of the tongue as smooth as the Hornets. Maybe it will just take some time to get use to. It will be interesting to see if what the logo of Pelican will look like for an NBA team.
Charlotte still own the rights to the “Charlotte Hornets” and will most likely pick back up the name. They have expressed their interest in doing so numerous times. The colors will be the same teal and purple for them.