The Charlotte Hornets have a franchise cornerstone in LaMelo Ball to build around, though the rest of the roster is an open question mark heading into the 2023-24 NBA season.
The Hornets added another potential foundational piece in Brandon Miller when they selected him number two overall in the 2023 NBA Draft, though it’s hard to imagine he’ll be a big-time contributor right away.
Aside from Ball and Miller, Charlotte also made the controversial decision to bring back Miles Bridges.
Bridges sat out the entirety of the 2022-23 campaign after pleading no contest to felony domestic assault.
Because of his legal troubles, Bridges ended up signing his qualifying offer for $7.9 million as he and the Hornets were far apart on extension negotiations.
In a recent podcast appearance, Austin Rivers made comments about the “troubled youth” on Charlotte’s roster and Bridges seemingly took exception to his comments via his Snapchat account.
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Rivers was talking about how the Hornets need to surround Ball with players who can help him realize his potential instead of bringing him down.
When referring to Charlotte’s young roster, he never mentions Bridges by name though it can be safely assumed he had him in mind.
Outside of Bridges’ felony charge, Miller has also run into trouble with the law as he was involved in a firearm incident.
Miller never faced charges after his account of the events matched the evidence that was gathered, but it still raises questions.
Bridges has every right to feel offended by what Rivers said, though the latter might not be too far off in his evaluation of what’s going on in Charlotte.NEXT: Photos Show LaMelo Ball's New Tattoos