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Report: Clippers Could Trade Norman Powell, Terrance Mann to Hornets for Miles Bridges

There’s still no clarity on Miles Bridges’ future with the Charlotte Hornets. While Bridges has been negotiating with the team for the past week and a half, there hasn’t been “a hint of much traction,” and the forward seems ready to test the open market.

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are interested in signing Miles Bridges this summer.

“According to people with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, the Clippers have interest in signing the unrestricted free agent forward [Miles Bridges],” Turner wrote . “It would probably take a sign-and-trade deal in which the Clippers send a draft pick to Charlotte for Bridges, who averaged 21 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while shooting 46.2% from the field last season for the Hornets. Names that have come up for a possible deal are Norman Powell, who makes $19.2 million, and Terance Mann, who makes $11.5 million.”

The Clippers have made several off-season moves, including acquiring Derick Jones from the Mavericks and Nicola Batum back from the Sixers, among other key players, but they lost All-Star forward Paul George to the 76ers. Acquiring Bridges would be an upgrade for the Clippers heading into next season.

Bridges, 26, has had his share of issues to overcome. He sat out all of the 2022-23 season due to an alleged domestic violence case from June 2022, where he was accused of assaulting the mother of his children in front of them in Los Angeles.

Turner adds that Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is known for giving players second chances, citing Kevin Porter Jr.’s issue before being signed to a two-year deal just recently.

“People close to Bridges said that after seeing how Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has been willing to give players second chances, the team would be a great fit for him and that Bridges has learned from his mistakes. The person talked about how the Clippers just agreed to a two-year deal with guard Kevin Porter Jr., who was arrested last Sept. 11 for allegedly assaulting a female companion at a New York City hotel. The Houston Rockets banned Porter from team-related activities. The Rockets traded Porter to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who waived him. Porter spent last season in Greece.”

Bridges averaged 21.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 0.9 steals in 69 games, shooting 46.2% from the floor and 34.9% from three-point range.

He made $7.9 million after re-signing with Charlotte last summer. The 12th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Bridges has career averages of 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

On a fun note, the Clippers could have Josh Primo, Kevin Porter Jr., Kai Jones, and possibly Miles Bridges next season if they get him.

During the regular season, Josh Primo was waived to make room for Kai Jones, who himself had his qualifying offer declined before free agency began. However, there’s a chance both could sign up again for the team next season, per sources.

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