Miles Bridges Attends Hornets’ Win Over Lakers

Restricted free agent forward Miles Bridges attended Wednesday’s road win over the Lakers, sitting directly under the basket near the Hornets’ bench.Miles Bridges

Bridges and the Hornets are making progress on a new contract, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

“Yeah, we’re not going to comment on that right now,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford told the media about the report.

Bridges pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge in Los Angeles in November, receiving probation. He is likely to be suspended by the NBA as soon as he signs a new deal. How long that suspension might be is still unclear.

If Bridges and the Hornets fail to reach a deal, he will remain a restricted free agent in July, when anyone could sign him and the Hornets would have to match.

Bridges would lose 1/110th of his salary for each game he misses should a suspension last at least 20 games, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.

A hard-nosed defender, Bridges averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 80 games with Charlotte last season. He has spent each of his first four NBA seasons in Charlotte, displaying durability by appearing in at least 65 games every year. 

“At the moment, Bridges remains unsigned, but, if he were to sign with a team, the NBA, under the collective bargaining agreement, has the right to suspend, fine, dismiss or disqualify him from any further association from the league because he pleaded no contest,” wrote ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.

As part of the probation, Bridges has to undergo a year’s worth of domestic violence counseling, as well as take 52 weeks of parenting classes. 

He is represented by agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

The Hornets sit near the very bottom of the Eastern Conference standings entering Christmas weekend, with All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball being injured for much of the season and Bridges missing for all of it.

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