There is always craziness at the beginning of NBA Free Agency, which just so happens to begin this afternoon. Yet, in the midst of the negotiating madness, one of the top available players this offseason may have just hurt his chances at securing a bag.
Mile Bridges, 24, was arrested on Wednesday in Los Angeles for domestic violence regarding a physical encounter with a woman the night before. According to TMZ, the woman in question called the LAPD Tuesday night after an argument with Bridges turned physical and left her requiring medical attention. When police arrived at the scene, Bridges had already fled the home where the incident went down.
However, the next morning Bridges turned himself into a local police station and was arrested on a felony charge of domestic violence. He has since been released after posting $130k bail.
Bridges, who has played his entire four years in Charlotte, is set to become a restricted-free agent this summer. The Hornets offered the forward a qualifying offer to stay with the team, but declined to offer a max deal.
After a breakout season in which he averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, Bridges was expected to find a team willing to offer him the max. However, after this altercation, that may no longer be the case. Only time will tell.