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Rumor: Hornets not budging yet on Miles Bridges max contract stance

Charlotte Hornets, Miles Bridges

The Charlotte Hornets have a crucial decision to make in regards to Miles Bridges’ future with the franchise. Word around the league is that Bridges is demanding a max contract after his breakout season in 2021-22. However, the Hornets do not feel inclined to pay him the max, which has led to their negotiations taking a turn in the wrong direction. The latest rumblings on the situation, via Brian Windhorst, indicate that Charlotte hasn’t changed its course and is still not convinced about giving Bridges a max extension.

Speaking via ESPN, Windhorst said Monday:

“Let’s take a look at Miles Bridges. He’s not being offered, from what I’m told, a max contract from the Charlotte Hornets right now. So, he’s going to go out into the market place, starting on Thursday or Friday, and see if he can get that offer from somewhere else.”

Based on the report from Windhorst, Bridges seems dead set on getting the max contract he feels he deserves and is more than willing to shop himself around to other teams to see if anyone is biting at that price. A max contract for Bridges would entail the Hornets paying the emerging star more than $30 million per season. LaMelo Ball will also be due a new contract in a couple of years, and he’d also be due for a max deal.

Last season in Charlotte, Bridges averaged career-highs across the board, including 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. He started all 80 games he appeared in for the Hornets, averaging 35.5 minutes per night.

While he was a key player in Charlotte last season, the team doesn’t appear to feel overly confident about him going forward, at least not enough to warrant a max contract. If another team indicates they are willing to pay as much, we could be looking at the end of Bridges’ time with the Hornets.