Charlotte is the 5th youngest team in the NBA, yet they are four games above .500 and appeared primed for a return to the NBA postseason this spring. Their record has to do with being a good home team, head coach James Borrego being vastly underrated, the continued development of LaMelo Ball, the steady play of veterans, and the emergence of Miles Bridges. Bridges has elevated his game this season and is the front-runner to be the NBA’s Most Improved Player this season. He’s having this type of season, after not being extended over the summer, as he turned down a four-year, $60 million deal reportedly offered by Charlotte. After the type of season he’s having, it is safe to say the asking price is going to be much higher this July.
In the NBA, teams that usually win championships, or are consistent contenders, are compromised of three All-Star level players, that carry the team night in, night out. It appears Charlotte has one piece of the puzzle in budding superstar LaMelo Ball, but the other two, remain a question, as Charlotte tries to be a competitor, despite being a small market team. Hornets beat reporter for The Charlotte Observer, Rod Boone, joined Wilson & Norfleet earlier today, and had this to say about Miles Bridges being a part of a Hornets big 3:
“I think so, but it depends who the other member of the big 3 is. He definitely has that tandem with LaMelo, the synergy is there. They like each other, they play well off each other, and they compliment (each other’s) game”
The Hornets may already have that other member on the roster, whether it ends up being Terry Rozier, James Bouknight, or Kia Jones, that remains to be seen, but you have to imagine the future of the Charlotte Hornets, Miles Bridges will be a part of the vision.