Report: Hornets Didn't Pull Miles Bridges' Qualifying Contract Offer Following Arrest

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Miles Bridges #0 of the Charlotte Hornets in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on March 27, 2022 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 119-110. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The Charlotte Hornets didn't pull Miles Bridges' qualifying offer prior to the July 13 deadline, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.

As a result, Bridges remains a restricted free agent and will earn $7.9 million for the 2022-23 NBA season if he signs the one-year tender.

The 24-year-old was arrested June 29 in Los Angeles and charged with felony domestic violence.

In a since-deleted post on Instagram, Bridges' wife, Mychelle Johnson, shared photos of injuries she said she sustained during the alleged altercation with Bridges.

"I won't allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person," she wrote. "It's unethical, it's immoral, it's truly sick. It hurts my heart because I've always had hope, and so much love and as scary as this is for me to do it's time I stand up for myself."

Johnson and Bridges have two children together. In her post, Johnson also uploaded video of their son explaining what happened during the alleged attack.

Having posted a $130,000 bond, Bridges is due in court Wednesday.

The Hornets issued a statement regarding the matter on June 30: "The Charlotte Hornets are aware of the situation involving Miles Bridges. We are in the process of gathering additional information. We will have no further comment at this time."

Bridges' arrest came as he was poised to sign a sizable contract in free agency. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported June 20 that Bridges was expected "to command a maximum — or near-max — deal in July."

The 6'6" forward averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 49.1 percent from the field in 2021-22.