So much so that one team offered for first-round picks for Bridges, per Zach Lowe of ESPN.
“Now, I know of at least three first-round picks. I think the fourth one may have had some protections or something, but I’m pretty sure that was a thing.”
Lowe did not specify the team, though there were certainly contenders in the mix.
But the Nets clearly intend to keep Bridges, who some predict can become an All-Star and Brooklyn’s No. 1 scoring option.
Bridges, 26, is 6-foot-6 and 17.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent on 3-pointers in 56 games, all with the Suns.
He is in the first season of a four-year, $90 million extension signed in 2021-22.
Bridges was originally drafted by the 76er with the No. 10 overall pick in 2018 NBA Draft. He has spent each of his five pro seasons in Phoenix.