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The Charlotte Hornets don’t see Miles Bridges yet as a deserving one to be given a max contract. 

“He’s not being offered, from what I am told, a max contract by the Charlotte Hornets right now,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has reported recently. “So, he is gonna go out into the marketplace starting on Thursday, Friday and see if he can get that offer from somewhere else.”

Bridges remains as one of the prized free agents entering the market this June 30th. After betting on himself and turning down a four-year, $60 million deal last summer, the 24-year-old forward had a productive 2021-2022 season upon setting up career-highs in points (20.2), boards (7.0) and assists (3.2).

But the question remains on the side of the Hornets if they are willing to reward his best year yet with a lucrative paycheck. 

Upon the rehiring of Steve Clifford to the team’s top head coaching post this month, the Hornets are eager to end their six-year postseason drought. Undeniably, Bridges will be a significant one for it to happen.