Miles Bridges will return to the Charlotte Hornets on a one-year deal next season after completing a suspension for a domestic violence felony challenge.
The 25-year-old Bridges has been a restricted free agent for the Hornets since June 2022, when he was expected to negotiate a deal worth up to $173 million over five years. But on June 29, 2022, he was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly hitting the mother of two children in front of them. In November, as part of a plea bargain, he admitted not to contest one felony of domestic violence, which included three years of probation but no prison sentence.
“We sincerely apologize for the pain, embarrassment and disappointment caused to many people by last year’s incident,” Bridges said in a statement through the team on Friday, adding that he was “thankful” for the second opportunity. There are,’ he added. He has been with the Hornets since acquiring them on draft day in 2018. His new one-year contract is worth $7.9 million, According to ESPN.
Bridges will have to miss the first 10 games of next season. The NBA suspended him for 30 games in April, but gave him a 20-game suspension for not playing last season. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver later told a group of sports editors that Bridges and the league had a “mutual agreement” not to play during the 2022-23 season, but the agreement would not result in a suspension. said.But in February Bridges told the Associated Press. that he may come back in March.
As part of the plea deal, Bridges was required to undergo a year of domestic violence counseling, complete 100 hours of community service, and attend parenting classes. The victim was also given a 10-year restraining order. Bridge was initially facing several felony charges of domestic violence and child abuse.
In a team statement Friday, Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Bridges’ “commitment to counseling and community service” was factored into Charlotte’s decision to return.
“Throughout this process, we have taken a cautious and serious approach,” Kupchak said. He added of Bridges, “He showed remorse, showed he had learned from the situation, and expressed that nothing like this would ever happen again.”
Bridges said she was in therapy and understood why people questioned whether she deserved a second chance. He vowed to regain everyone’s trust and confidence.
Without Bridges, the Hornets were the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference last season. Charlotte’s best player, guard LaMelo Ball, also missed most of the season with an injury. Due to poor results, the Hornets won the top pick in the draft, and acquired Alabama’s Brandon Miller with the second overall pick.
Former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan, who has owned the Hornets since 2010, announced last month that he would sell a majority stake in the team but remain a minority investor.