Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges could’ve made a lot of money.
Just when he was set to get multiple offers, he was tangled up in a domestic violence incident, eventually pleading no contest to a felony charge and being suspended by the league.
Needless to say, every single team in the league stayed away from him while his legal turmoil settled, and he failed to cash in on that big momentum.
Now, a report by Jake Fischer shows just how much he was reportedly asking his team before his situation went south (via NBACentral).
Miles Bridges wanted $25M per year from the Hornets, per @JakeLFischer
“One year later, it’s no surprise a similar market didn’t materialize for Bridges, who was seeking upward of $25 million in average annual value from the Hornets this July, league sources told Yahoo Sports.… pic.twitter.com/e5c4R9xXA8
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) July 6, 2023
Per Fischer, Bridges and his camp wanted north of $25 million a year, and while other teams would’ve gladly given him that after his breakout season, the Hornets were obviously reluctant to meet that number now, all things considered.
That’s why Bridges agreed to take his qualifying offer for just $7.9 million a couple of hours into free agency.
Bridges was playing the best basketball of his career, and his chemistry with LaMelo Ball was evident.
He broke out as a scorer, and his physicality and positional versatility made him an interesting piece that could’ve been a seamless fit almost everywhere.
Now, it seems like he’ll have to put in a lot of work to clear his name and reputation before cashing in on a big deal, and not even that might be enough to convince the Hornets — or any other franchise — of making a big financial investment on a long-term deal for him.