The Charlotte Hornets are chilling when it comes to potentially matching the star’s max deal, a $179 million star exit is “almost expected,” and the Detroit Pistons have already eyed one player, hoping to splurge.
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THE PICTURES SHOT BY THE FEET AS THE LOCK BEGINS
Despite Miles Bridges being a restricted free agent during the off-season, there’s a chance he won’t return to the Charlotte Hornets.
According to AthleticBridges is likely to be at or near maximum salary, which could be in the region of A$188 million.
As a restricted free agent, the Hornets would have a chance to negotiate any deal offered to Bridges, but the report said there was some doubt as to whether they would match such an offer.
During the off-season, Bridges was offered a four-year, $86 million contract, but the 24-year-old turned down the offer.
HAWKS STAR’S ‘LONG EXPECTED’ DEPARTURE
Just a year into his five-year, $179 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, John Collins looks almost certain to leave the franchise.
Actually, NBA insider Mark Stein stated that a trade for the Hawks for Collins is almost expected at this point.
“He was one of the league’s most talked about trade targets this season until Atlanta ultimately decided to close all discussions on Collins before the team began pulling out of a 17-25 start on Feb. 10,” Stein said.
“The trading chatter has only intensified since Atlanta went meek in the first round to Miami in five games.
“I’ve been informed that Collins’ move this off-season is largely expected now.”
BIG PACERS MAN WANTS TO STAY DESPITE CONSTANT WHISPERS
Miles Turner was closely associated with the move from the Indiana Pacers, but he personally has other plans.
According to HoopsHypeTurner is looking to play Pacers point guard Tyrese Halliburton, who joined the franchise earlier this year in a trade that saw Domantas Sabonis go to the Sacramento Kings.
Now that Sabonis is with the Kings, Turner has a chance to play a bigger role on offense and Haliburton could be the best point guard he’s ever played with.
Considering they didn’t share the court last season after Turner pulled out with a foot injury, the 26-year-old is salivating at the prospect of finally sharing the court with Haliburton.
WIZARDS, KNIKS VIE FOR ONE MAN TO FILL A BIG HOLE
Although Turner is keen to stay with the Pacers, he could lose teammate Malcolm Brogdon.
The Knicks and Wizards are the 10th and 11th picks in the NBA draft, respectively, and could use them in the Brogdon deal.
Both teams need a new starting point guard, so a 2017 Rookie of the Year winner looks like a viable option.
PISTONS “WEIGH” ACE ROCKETS BEFORE RELEASE PAY COVERS
With roughly $39.3 million of free space (on Spotrac) to play, the Detroit Pistons have plenty of room to add players and help out Cade Cunningham.
With the likely exit approaching, NBA insider Mark Stein claims the Pistons “weighed the possibility of pursuing Schroeder as a free agent.”
Schroeder started the 2021-22 season with the Boston Celtics before moving to the Rockets and averaging 13.5 points and 4.6 assists in 64 games.