2023 Free Agency

Miles Bridges back with Hornets for 2023-24 season

Bridges will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer after signing a $7.9 million qualifying offer from Charlotte.

Miles Bridges will miss the first 10 games of 2023-24 as part of his 30-game suspension resulting from a domestic violence charge.

Miles Bridges is returning to the Charlotte Hornets after a year, but without the huge contract that appeared likely before a domestic violence charge.

Bridges signed a $7.9 million qualifying offer from Charlotte on Sunday to remain with the team.

Bridges missed all of last season after he was charged with domestic violence in July 2022. He pleaded no contest last November and is serving three years of probation. The NBA gave Bridges a 30-game suspension in April but added that because Bridges missed the entirety of last season that 20 of those games are considered already served.

He will miss the first 10 games of this season.

Bridges was coming off a career season in 2021-22 when he averaged a team-high 20.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and appeared on the verge of signing a multiyear contract worth more than $100 million last summer.

By signing the qualifying offer, the 25-year-old Bridges would become eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after next season, The Hornets recently selected Brandon Miller from Alabama with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and he plays the same position as Bridges.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.