According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, former and probably soon to be Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges has been suspended “30” games as a result of the domestic violence incident that he was arrested for last summer.
I keep putting the 30 in quotes because of the strangeness of the ruling but we’ll get to that.
There’s a lot to unpack in this 223-character Tweet from Shams. First and most obviously is the length of the suspension. It’s a 30 game suspension but he’s getting 20 games of time served. That’s strange because one, he missed all 82 games. Two, you could also say he technically didn’t miss any games because he wasn’t even on a roster. So do four games missed as a free agent equal one game missed as a player on a roster? Makes you think. But it’s effectively a 10 game suspension to start next season.
The other part of this is that Shams referred to him as Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges. Not former Hornet or free agent forward. It jibes with other rumblings that Bridges was going to return to the Hornets whenever the disciplinary situation was sorted out.
The Hornets for their part released a statement where they quite literally said nothing.
For better or worse, we seem to be nearing the end of the tumult surrounding the Miles Bridges situation. Surely there will be a PR situation to navigate through if and when the Hornets do re-sign him, but the increasing inevitability of it seems to be serving almost as a soft launch for the move.
We’ll have more news as it happens.