Hornets' Bridges arrested on eve of free agency

by Gordon Dixon - Hornets forward Miles Bridges, who is set to become a restricted free agent and could command a max contract, was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Police did not release details of the charges.

Charlotte Hornets' Miles Bridges arrested in Los Angeles on eve of free agency 9:52 AM ET ESPN News Services Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday. The LAPD did not release details on the charges, and the Hornets have not responded to news of Bridges' arrest. TMZ reported that Bridges is facing felony domestic violence charges. Bridges, the Hornets' leading scorer last season, is set to become a restricted free agent and could command a max contract in the coming weeks. The news comes on the eve of NBA free agency, which begins Thursday night with teams able to speak with free agents. The 24-year-old Bridges averaged career highs with 20.2 points and seven rebounds last season in what amounted to a breakout season for the four-year NBA veteran while playing alongside All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball . Bridges, who played at Michigan State, is also a rapper who goes by the name RTB MB. The Hornets extended Bridges a qualifying offer on Tuesday, which allows them to a chance to match any offer sheet made by another team. "As an organization we love Miles,'' Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday. "We are going to bring him back. He has been great for the franchise and I believe, with his work ethic, he's only going to get better.'' The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bridges, who was the 12th pick in the 2018 NBA draft, said after the season he wanted to return to the Hornets, but he recently changed his Twitter bio from "forward for the Charlotte Hornets '' to "It's me,'' adding some intrigue to the situation. The Associated Press contributed to this report.