January 25, 2023

Miles Bridges ‘gets to grips’ with deal to return to Charlotte Hornets after no plea in domestic violence case that derailed his free agency over the summer

The Charlotte Hornets and restricted free agent Miles Bridges have gained traction in new contract talks, and there is optimism that a deal will be reached in the relatively near future, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bridges would plead no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence case involving him in the offseason and received a three-year suspended prison sentence.

When he eventually signs a new deal, the NBA will likely issue a long-term suspension pending the results of the league’s investigation.

Miles Bridges gains momentum in contract talks to return to the Charlotte Hornets

Miles Bridges gains momentum in contract talks to return to the Charlotte Hornets

Bridges prepares for a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks in April 2022

Bridges prepares for a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks in April 2022

The NBA suspended former Charlotte player Jeffrey Taylor for 24 games in 2014 after he pleaded guilty to a domestic assault charge. Bridges initially faced three felonies and originally pleaded not guilty to all three.

Last season, the 24-year-old forward proved 20.2 points, 7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

He was expected to receive a multi-year contract offer worth more than $100 million in free agency, which the Hornets would likely have matched to retain him.

After the change in the situation after his arrest, he now only talks to the Hornets about a new deal to return.

The combination of not having Bridges and injuries to key players like LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward led Charlotte to an 8-24 record.

Lamelo ball

Gordon Hayward

Ball and Hayward have both recently returned to the Hornets line-up after being injured

As part of his sentence, Bridges must complete a 52-week domestic violence course, a 52-week parenting course, and 500 hours of community service.

He has also gone so far as to file a restraining order against his estranged wife, claiming she has repeatedly harassed him.

Bridges has accused her of following him, stealing his dog and showing up unannounced at an AirBNB where he was staying. The former Michigan State star asks Johnson to stay 100 yards away from him and have no contact with him or his dog.

Bridges claims he moved three times in an attempt to avoid her.

According to a Los Angeles County Court filing obtained by DailyMail.com, Mychelle Johnson harassed him, despite an outstanding protective order barring him from contact with her.  Bridges has accused Johnson of following him, stealing his dog and showing up unannounced at an AirBNB where he was staying.  The former Michigan State star asks Johnson to stay 100 yards away from him and have no contact with him or his dog

According to a Los Angeles County Court filing obtained by DailyMail.com, Mychelle Johnson harassed him, despite an outstanding protective order barring him from contact with her. Bridges has accused Johnson of following him, stealing his dog and showing up unannounced at an AirBNB where he was staying. The former Michigan State star asks Johnson to stay 100 yards away from him and have no contact with him or his dog

In the latest incident, Bridges claims, the police were called to convince Johnson to leave

In the latest incident, Bridges claims, the police were called to convince Johnson to leave

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