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Pistons, Jazz Eyeing Hornets’ Miles Bridges in Free Agency

Following his  one-year, $7.9 million contract last summer, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges is set to enter unrestricted free agency this offseason.

While the Hornets are reportedly interested in retaining Bridges, two other teams are keeping an eye on the 26-year-old. According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz may be interested in acquiring Bridges.

“Looking ahead to the offseason, Detroit could have up to $60 million in cap space if they decline Evan Fournier’s team option and let go of Troy Brown. Everyone is looking for them to do what the Houston Rockets did a summer ago and spend all their cap space available,” Scotto wrote.

“From what I’ve heard, plan A is not to go the Houston route and spend all the cap space money they have in free agency. There’s a possibility Detroit will look to sign a free agent like Tobias Harris or Miles Bridges, two guys that will certainly be on their radar heading into the offseason, and then use the remaining cap space to potentially acquire a player in a trade. Whether it’s Detroit or other teams around the league, they’re all monitoring playoff teams that fail to meet expectations and could either make a change to shake things up or a star player on one of those teams becomes disgruntled and wants out,” Scotto added.

After missing the entire 2022-23 season due to legal issues, Bridges appeared in 69 games for the Hornets this past season, averaging 21 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 46.2% from the field and 34.9% from beyond the arc.

Bridges has spent his entire six-year NBA career with the Hornets after being acquired by the team during the 2018 NBA Draft. Coming off arguably the best season of his career, and recently turning 26 years old, Bridges is likely to have a significant impact in the league for years to come.

His athleticism and versatile playing style make him an attractive option for teams seeking an upgrade at small forward. While remaining with the Hornets appears to be the most probable scenario for Bridges, no official decision has been made yet.

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