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Miles Bridges wants a max contract, the Hornets hesitate

When the Charlotte Hornets and Miles Bridges failed to reach an agreement last year, he took risks by betting on himself. His bet paid off. After exploding in his fourth season in the NBA, he hopes to sign a nice contract this summer. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, rival teams even expect the winger to demand the maximum. The franchise, for its part, would hesitate to offer him such an amount.

After a magnificent start to the year, both individually and collectively, Bridges’ rating has drastically increased. He has averaged 20.2 points, 7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game on 47.3 percent shooting this year. By far his best stats in career.

His two-way player profile at position 3 is highly sought after in the league. The clash of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown et Andrew Wiggins in the NBA Finals has also shown the importance of this type of player in a competitive team. Something to think about Charlotte, who hopes to participate in the playoffs in 2023.

The priority of the front office of Mitch Kupchak however would be to find an interior this summer. In particular, he expressed his interest in Myles Turner, the center of the Pacers. This need to strengthen the racquet could limit their flexibility financially. Offering a maximum contract to Miles Bridges, in this context, seems difficult.

If the Hornets are unable to keep their player, other franchises should position themselves on the file. The Blazers and the Spurs, who both have a large salary cap, could just be part of it. Portland has been looking to recruit this type of winger for a long time, while San Antonio could be interested in the potential of the 12th pick of the 2018 draft, who has just celebrated his 24th birthday.

At the end of his rookie contract, Bridges is a restricted free agent. This means that Charlotte will be able to match any offers he receives. No wonder, then, if his team lets him test the market at the start of free agency. The whole thing will be to see how far the frankness of Michael Jordan is ready to go to keep his winger.

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