Hornets striker Miles Bridges arrested on eve of free agency | Basketball
By STEVE REED – AP Sportswriter
Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested in California on the eve of NBA free agency after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed Bridges was arrested on Wednesday, but did not release details of the charges. TMZ reported that Bridges was facing domestic violence charges.
The Hornets said in a statement that they “are aware of the situation involving Miles Bridges. We are gathering additional information. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, did not immediately return phone calls left by The Associated Press.
Bridges, the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, is set to become a restricted free agent and could command a max contract in the coming weeks. His arrest comes on the eve of NBA free agency, which kicks off Thursday night with teams able to speak with free agents.
Bridges, 24, hit career highs with 20.2 points and seven rebounds in what amounted to a stellar season for the four-year NBA veteran while playing alongside All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball .
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Bridges, who played at Michigan State, is also a rapper who goes by the name RTB MB.
The Hornets extended Bridges a qualifying offer on Tuesday, giving them a chance to match any offer sheet made by another team.
“As an organization, we love Miles,” Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday. “We will bring him back. He’s been great for the franchise and I think with his work ethic he’s only going to get better.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound deck said after the season that he wanted to return to the Hornets, but he recently changed his Twitter bio from “forward for the Charlotte Hornets” to “That’s me,” adding a some intrigue to the situation. .
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