Miles Bridges on free agency: ‘I love it here’

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“My mom loves it here, my kids love it here,” Bridges said Thursday after the Hornets’ offseason began following Wednesday night’s loss to Atlanta. “Charlotte has really taken me in and brought me in. I got drafted as a 20-year-old kid. And for me to grow up here and for everybody to embrace me like they have, that’s something I’ll never forget. Especially going into the contract season. “Charlotte took me in as a 20-year-old kid, and now I’m a 24-year-old man, and I love it here.”
Source: Charlotte Observer

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James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
End-of-season Pistons mailbag..
— Should they look at Miles Bridges?
— Teams most likely to pursue Grant
— 2022 NBA Draft
— much more
(Sub for $1)…9:03 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
NBA fines Miles Bridges $50,000 for throwing mouthpiece into spectator stands…4:14 AM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Miles Bridges was fined $50K for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands at State Farm Arena last night. PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
No suspension, but Miles Bridges fined $50,000 for throwing mouthpiece…7:55 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
NBA fines Charlotte’s Miles Bridges $50K: PM

Sarah K. Spencer @sarah_k_spence
The league has fined Miles Bridges $50,000 for “throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands, which resulted in the mouthpiece striking a fan,” NBA announces. – 6:36 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
The NBA has fined Miles Bridges $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands last night. He reiterated earlier today when I asked him about it that he would accept any punishment handed down by the league. PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Hornets forward Miles Bridges fined $50,000 for throwing mouthpiece that hit fan in play-in game vs. Atlanta. PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
No suspension, NBA announces “Miles Bridges has been fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands, which resulted in the mouthpiece striking a fan.”
Expected something stronger, but he was apologetic after the incident. – 6:35 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Miles Bridges fined $50,000. PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Miles Bridges fined $50K by NBA PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Hornets forward Miles Bridges has been fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands, NBA says. – 6:30 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Miles Bridges said he reached out to the young fan who got hit with his mouthpiece last night via Instagram and hasn’t heard back yet. The #Hornets say they are trying to connect the two as well. – 1:57 PM

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
Not sure I’ve seen so many fines in an #NBA season. Seems like every day there’s a new one. And here’s another…
Thing is, if Beverley received $30K for inappropriate statements to media, what does Miles Bridges get for throwing his mouthpiece which hit a 16-yr-old girl? PM

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“I would love to play with Melo and Terry for the rest of my career,” Bridges said. “Those are my guys, my brothers. All of us damn near averaged 20 (points) this year, so just to have that type of relationship with such dynamic players and bring it to the basketball court every night, you don’t see that too much in the NBA. And we have that relationship and that’s what it is. It will always be like that. So I’m just happy to be a part of them.” -via Charlotte Observer / April 15, 2022

After Bridges’ camp declined a four-year, $60 million contract offer last fall, sources confirmed, he is expected to command a maximum salary that could total five years, $173 million this summer. League personnel believe the Hornets will match any offer sheet for Bridges. That could either dissuade teams from making an earnest attempt at signing him, unnecessarily tying their hands for 48 hours. Or it may encourage a rival suitor to force Charlotte to pay his full max, as the Brooklyn Nets once did with Washington and Otto Porter. -via Bleacher Report / April 14, 2022

James Edwards: I agree. I like Ayton. I don’t think they’re going to go that deep into the well for him. Same for Miles Bridges. He’s a guy that’s been attached to them because he’s from Flint, Michigan. I like Miles, but if you end up with a forward in the draft and you already have Saddiq Bey, I don’t see committing that type of money. -via HoopsHype / March 24, 2022