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Free agency rumors: Miles Bridges to Detroit rumor continues

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As the era of player empowerment continues to rise in the league, player movement, even among the youngest stars, has never seemed more possible. There has never been more player movement in the NBA. Detroit fans need only look in their own backyard, as the Detroit Pistons brass have completely overhauled the roster in a two-year period. Heck, Sekou Doumbouya was the sole survivor of Troy Weaver’s first offseason at the helm.

Amidst the transactional chaos, however, the restricted free-agent market has remained constant. It’s the area of ​​free agency where the front office retains the most bargaining power. Therefore, it is incredibly rare for a player to change teams through restricted free agency, especially if he is coming off a breakout season with averages of; 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

This brings us to Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges and the potential for him to be a target for the Pistons, rich in salary-cap space, who also have an obvious hole at power forward post-trade. Jeremy Grant.

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In October of last year, the Hornets and Bridges were unable to reach a deal before the rookie extension deadline, with the Flint native turning down a 4-year, $60 million offer from Charlotte. Entering his fourth year as a pro, the 24-year-old successfully banked on himself, had a career year and significantly increased his value in the league.

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Last season, Bridges posted career highs in; points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, while he maintains decent scoring efficiency, essentially playing what many perceived to be a $130 million maximum contract. But, this is where things get a bit messy.

the athletic one Shams Charania reported on June 20 that:

Rival executives expect Hornets restricted free agent Miles Bridges to get a maximum, or near-maximum, deal in July, and sources said Charlotte is hesitant to match a maximum sheet.

Charania’s report does not indicate Bridges’ departure, rather, one potential possibility is that Mitch Kupchack and the Hornet’s front office prefer to let the free-agent market dictate Bridges’ value, rather than offer him the maximum total.

To add fuel to the fire, Bleacher Report jake fisher noted in a June 21 article:

The Pistons and Pacers, sources said, have plans to pursue players on the restricted free-agent market and have been the only teams linked as potential threats to signing talented forward Miles Bridges from the Charlotte Hornets.

Like many rumors, Fischer’s report is completely true, however, it would be irresponsible for Detroit management, coming off a third consecutive 20-win season, not to show interest in a 24-year-old budding star.

Yesterday, Bridges caught the attention of the NBA Twitter when he was quoted as removing any affiliation with the Hornets in his Twitter bio:

The updated bio quickly lit up the Twitterverse, with a series of reactionary fanfares signaling a team change on the horizon for the former Michigan Spartan. Detroit fans, in particular, took the news and followed suit. The idea of ​​a young star returning to his home state of Michigan is a sports version of a Cinderella ending.

However, while many wish to believe that Bridges’ social media play signifies a change in the team, the move could simply be a prying game by Bridges’ management, Klutch Sports. By evoking pressure from Hornets fans on social media, Klutch could use fan outrage as leverage to ensure his client is offered the most from the Hornets.

Finally, after the successful Detroit Draft, James Edwards III Athletic reported that:

According to sources, Detroit is eager to continue rebuilding toward playoff contention with the aforementioned young core, and the Pistons are expected to use most of their remaining cap space to add multiple veteran pieces rather than just one big trade. this off-season, according to sources. .

So with these comments in mind, it would be surprising if Weaver offered Bridges a 4-year/$130 million deal. Detroit is now clearly focused on building with its young core of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Jalen Duren. While Bridges is a fringe All-Star talent, bringing him in could stunt the growth of the Pistons’ Restoration youth pieces.

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