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The Hornets want to bring back Miles Bridges next season

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 11: Miles Bridges #0 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena on February 11, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The Hornets want Miles Bridges back on their roster next season, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo.

Bridges was suspended 30 games by the NBA after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge in November. However, 20 of those games were served this past season. He will be suspended for the first 10 games of the 2023-2024 campaign.

The now-free agent was in line for a lucrative long-term contract prior to his domestic violence charge. Bridges averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 2021-22. Furthermore, he established himself as a burgeoning young star, as Charlotte intended on making him their co-star alongside LaMelo Ball.

Despite hesitation due to his off-court history, though, Hornets brass still wants him on their team next season.

“The Hornets will likely have a degree of apprehension after Miles Bridges’ felony domestic violence charges, for which he pleaded no contest and was suspended 30 games by the NBA,” Givony and Woo wrote. Bridges sat out the past season and is currently a free agent, but the front office would like to have him back on the roster next year, sources told ESPN.”

This past season, Charlotte finished with a record of 27-55 — good for 14th in the Eastern Conference. Consequently, they won the second pick in this year’s draft. Reports indicate that they are ruminating over drafting Brandon Miller or Scoot Henderson.