BREAKING: Miles Bridges To Return To NBA

Charlotte Hornets former rising star Miles Bridges--who missed all of last season after facing felony assault charges last summer--has taken the next step towards a return to the NBA, as he's set to sign a $7.9M qualifying offer from the Hornets for the coming season. 

Bridges would then become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and he also has the ability to veto any trade during the 2023-24 season. NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski says that the Hornets and Bridges are "far apart" in contract talks.  

Bridges has 10 games left in a 30-game suspension levied by the NBA after pleading no contest to a felony domestic violence charge in November. Two other charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Bridges last played in the 2021-22 season, when he broke through with a career year for the Hornets, averaging 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists. 

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