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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges is expected to be one of the most coveted NBA restricted free agents on the market this summer.
The former Michigan State star is coming off a stellar fourth season in the NBA that saw him average north of 20 points per game while playing great ball at both ends of the court.
Below, we take a look at five ideal landing spots for Miles Bridges during NBA free agency this summer.
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Orlando Magic launches Miles Bridges max contract offer
After another hollow season, Orlando should have the most cap room in the NBA this summer. Typically, a team in this situation wouldn’t spend a lot in free agency. But look for Jeff Weltman, head of the front office, to be aggressive with that money.
The Magic have a strong, young core group of Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony and Wendell Carter Jr. They will also have a top lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and two future Chicago Bulls first-round picks. . Why not make a move for the 24-year-old bridges?
Although he is 6-foot-6, Bridges has been a power forward throughout his Hornets career. He could slip in there next to Carter Jr. and Wagner in the frontcourt with Suggs and Anthony doing their thin in the backcourt. It’s a solid five with more reinforcements to come.
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Imagine a core three of Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons and Bridges in the Pacific Northwest. It would be a great base for new full-time general manager Joe Cronin after putting Portland into action after a disastrous 2021-22 season.
Portland probably wouldn’t be able to sign Bridges directly as he would be looking for a near-maximum contract. Even then, the team could entice Charlotte to sign and trade. Someone like solid winger Josh Hart and a few second-round picks could be worth it for the Hornets.
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The Detroit Pistons swing with Miles Bridges
Much the same as Orlando in that they have a young core and a cap room to work with, Pistons general manager Troy Weaver could choose to make a move for Bridges. He could also potentially do it while still having the money to sign veteran contributors in the NBA free agent market.
The idea here would be to team Bridges with Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart in the frontcourt. With 2021 No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham doing his thing in the backcourt, Detroit would have a nice base squad as well as a high 2022 lottery pick to build around.
From Charlotte’s perspective, acquiring an underrated forward in Jerami Grant and veteran big man Kelly Olynyk would help the team move up the Eastern Conference playoff standings after losing in the tournament. play-off a season ago.
Minnesota Timberwolves pair Miles Bridges with Anthony Edwards
Fresh off of a surprise playoff appearance, Wolves know Edwards is the cornerstone of their franchise. He looked like a star in two seasons with Minnesota. This led to speculation that D’Angelo Russell could be moved.
Surprisingly, the Timberwolves missed Andrew Wiggins’ two-way presence at three. Finding a dramatic upgrade in this position must be key for Vice President Sachin Gupta. This is where bridges would come in.
On the other hand, Minnesota lacks the ability to sign Bridges and the Hornets would have no interest in Russell with LaMelo Ball on the roster. Maybe they could offer winger Malik Beasley and a youngster in Jaden McDaniels to lure Charlotte. The contracts would work out in this hypothetical sign-and-trade if Bridges took less than the maximum like Lonzo Ball did with the Chicago Bulls last summer.
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Atlanta Hawks find Trae Young running partner at Miles Bridges
After a disappointing 2021-22 season that saw them lose in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, this offseason is going to be a little different for the Hawks.
“We made the decision last year to bring the same group back. We probably should have tried to upgrade rather than stay with the status quo. The way the season has gone, we will definitely try to improve. improve the list as we approach next season.
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Last summer was different for Atlanta in that they had just made a surprise appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals with Trae Young leading. It’s now clear that the supporting cast behind Young leaves a lot to be desired. Finding him another running partner has to be in the cards here. This is where Miles Bridges comes in.
He could work with John Collins and Clint Capela on the front line. And while Atlanta lacks the capacity to sign him, offering young great Onyeka Okongwu as a way for Charlotte to accept Danilo Gallinari or Bogdan Bogdanovic’s contract could work.
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