RUMOR: Hornets’ eye-opening stance on Miles Bridges max contract could lead to departure
The NBA offseason is ramping up as teams across the league prepare to make adjustments to their rosters. It’s been a tough stretch for the Charlotte Hornets lately, especially after Kenny Atkinson backed out on becoming the new head coach. Now, the front office is in contract talks with breakout star Miles Bridges and rumors are the negotiations are going south.
According to The Athletic, the league expects Bridges to demand a max contract after breaking out in the 2021-22 season. However, “there’s hesitancy from Charlotte to match a max sheet.” Losing Miles Bridges may be detrimental to the club’s long-term plans, as the Hornets have struggled to build a competitive roster. We’ll see how it plays out, as these are simply rumors for the time being.
Miles Bridges proved to be a consistent star this last season, averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Wings have become a premium position in the NBA, especially considering Andrew Wiggins, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown turned heads in the NBA Finals, per The Athletic. The Hornets clearly have a difficult decision to make.
With that in mind, other teams are likely drooling at the mouth and hoping for Charlotte to decline to give Miles Bridges a max contract. The good news for the Hornets is that the young star is a restricted free agent, so they have the right to match any offer made by other teams for the star small forward.
However, it sounds like opposing clubs are going to offer Miles Bridges as much as possible in the hopes Charlotte declines to match. Keep an eye on the Hornets, as their decision should become more clear in the coming weeks.