If Miles Bridges had a goal of moving on from the Charlotte Hornets this offseason, he may soon be getting his wish, though likely not in the exact way he originally envisioned.
Heading into the offseason, Bridges appeared to be a strong bet to land a max or near-max contract, whether it was from the Hornets or another organization. While it’s possible the Hornets were never going to offer Bridges the max (they hadn’t shown any indication they would), after his arrest for domestic violence, there’s no way he’s getting the contract he dreamed of.
Bridges is currently a restricted free agent, meaning any team that offers him a contract would be giving the Hornets a chance to match that same deal. But we’re three days into free agency and there has been zero movement toward Bridges getting a long-term contract.
In fact, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, the Hornets are expected to pull their qualifying offer to Bridges, which would then make the 24-year-old forward an unrestricted free agent.