NBA teams have until October 18th to sign those eligible for rookie scale extensions. According to HoopsHype, the Charlotte Hornets and Miles Bridges have “have started discussions” and that “some around the League” “believe” that the salary range would be around the “$20 million range annually.”
Bridges had a breakout season last year averaging 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
Bridges would provide a strong skill set to the Hornets that could warrant a long-term, expensive contract. As a 6-foot-6 combo forward that brings elite spot-up shooting, improved defense and athleticism to play multiple positions, if Miles is not locked up to a deal, he will be in high demand as a restricted free agent next offseason.
What Charlotte is looking at is the minimal amount of cap space after giving a max deal to Terry Rozier earlier this offseason—they now have two players with max level deals on the roster in Rozier and Gordon Hayward.
With Miles Bridges putting together a really strong preseason, head coach James Borrego could place him into the starting lineup on opening night.