NEW YORK, April 8 NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today that the NBA Board of Governors has approved the move of the New Orleans Hornets to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, beginning with either the 2003-04 or 2004-05 season.

The Board also approved the placement of the Charlotte expansion franchise in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, when the team begins play in the 2004-05 season.

As part of the Board approval, New Orleans has the option of moving to the Western Conference at the start of the 2003-04 or 2004-05 NBA season. New Orleans must inform the NBA by May 1 if it intends to move to the Western Conference for the 2003-04 season.