The Charlotte Hornets got a huge lift from Miles Bridges last NBA season and it only makes sense that the team would want to keep him.

But then again this would depend on whether the Hornets would have the financial capacity to keep him.

The 24-year-old already passed on a $60 million contract extension last summer and most expect Bridges to command a bigger salary this July.

Bridges is set to earn more this summer and will be a curious restricted free agent to watch out for.

This was detailed by Shams Charania of The Athletic citing sources. He mentioned how executives are expecting Bridges to command a maximum deal – something that the Hornets are unlikely to match.

Should this be true, the 6-foot-7 cager could command as much as $131 million over four years. It is an amount that the Hornets may not be willing to match.

From here, questions are up in the air on how deserving Bridges would be of that hefty salary. The bright side is that he is only 24 years old and is a versatile player. He has shown a good track record of improving but still needs work on the defensive end and his three-point shooting.

The bad news for the Hornets is that should Bridges walk, they may not have enough to replace the young cager. Even if they decide to let Bridges go, such would not have a major impact on the team’s cap space.

A good example is the case of Kemba Walker. Rather than offer him a big contract, they allowed the 32-year-old guard to walk.

The Hornets were justified in that decision even as Walker finds himself struggling to find a new home. However, it remains to be seen if the same would happen to Bridges – assuming he does end up changing zip codes this summer.

 Miles Bridges #0 of the Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges #0 of the Charlotte Hornets Getty Images | Todd Kirkland

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