Lakers, Pistons have interest in Miles Bridges if Hornets let him go

Miles Bridges solely pleaded no contest to felony home violence prices two weeks in the past, and based on a report from Shams Charania of The Athleticwhich means sufficient time has handed that the Lakers really feel snug exhibiting interest in being his subsequent crew if the Charlotte Hornets do not decide ​​to maintain him in restricted free company.

Charania reported on Bally Sports’ “The Rally” that each the Lakers and Detroit Pistons are “monitoring the state of affairs” to see if Bridges doesn’t re-sign in Charlotte:

“Miles Bridges is a restricted free agent, so he’s eligible to be signed by any crew, however there’s a league investigation ongoing after he pleaded no contest to a felony case. I’m informed there are a number of groups, together with the Lakers and Pistons which might be monitoring the state of affairs and ready to see precisely what transpires along with his conversations with Charlotte and in any other case. He has a qualifying provide that did expire, however he nonetheless stays a restricted free agent.”

Here is the half the place a number of information tales would simply add “the stat line,” however I’m not going to do this right here, as a result of Bridges’ hypothetical basketball match is way from a very powerful factor in this example. If the Lakers do signal him, we are able to ultimately break that down, however if you are in search of that right now, be at liberty to go elsewhere.

The cause for that’s as a result of, in case you forgot or have been by no means conscious, in July, Bridges’ spouse, Mychelle Johnson, accused him of leaving her with “a fracture(d) nostril, wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscular tissues in my neck from being choked till (I) went to sleep and a extreme concussion” after an alleged argument, an incident their little one additionally allegedly witnessed, based on a now-deleted Instagram publish. That publish additionally featured movies of their son recounting the alleged assault, photographs of Johnson’s alleged accidents, and a medical report that learn “grownup sufferer of bodily abuse by male accomplice; Assault by strangulation, mind concussion; Closed fracture of nasal bone; Contusion of rib; Multiple bruises; Strain of neck muscle.

The months-long authorized course of that adopted ending with Bridges pleading no contest signifies that he didn’t admit guilt, however the prolonged necessities for the three-year probation he obtained because of his plea are value laying out in full (through ESPN) :

During his three-year probation, Bridges, 24, will probably be required to finish 52 weeks of home violence counseling and 52 weeks of parenting courses, serve 100 hours of group service and bear weekly narcotics testing with marijuana allowed solely if there’s a legitimate physician’s prescription. He can’t personal any weapons or ammunition or any harmful weapons. He can even have to pay a restitution high quality of $300 and a home violence high quality of $500, and obey the phrases of a 10-year protecting order, staying 100 yards away from and having no contact with the girl. Bridges and the girl keep custody over their two youngsters, and any visitation or trade of kids should be performed peacefully and thru a impartial third occasion.

With Charania reporting that the league is investigating Bridges, it’s possible that he’ll face some kind of suspension at any time when he subsequent indicators with a crew. For extra on that course of, my colleague James Dator laid it out right here in July:

It can also be value noting that the Lakers might solely signal Bridges if the Hornets renounced his restricted free company rights as a result of they’re over the onerous cap, and thus can’t do a sign-and-trade. But logistics apart, it is nonetheless disappointing to see the Lakers sniffing round right here. Disappointing, but in addition unsurprising, and never simply because Bridges is a Klutch Sports consumer, but in addition — as our former web site supervisor Sabreena Merchant articulated properly to Eric Pincus in the latter’s Bridges free company explainer over at Bleacher Report — as a result of the Lakers are ignoring allegations like that is par for the course. And whereas this should not matter, they’ve performed it for a lot much less gifted gamers than Bridges (hyperlinks to allegations mine):

“There is at all times a dissonance with being a feminine NBA fan. That feeling has change into extra acute now after the entire information in current weeks relating to Sarver, Udoka and Primo,” Sabreena Merchant of SB Nation informed B/R. “Even a crew with a feminine proprietor like that [Los Angeles] Lakers nonetheless exhibits a scarcity of empathy in the direction of victims of home violence. They’ve employed Avery Bradley, Kendrick Nunn and DeMarcus Cousins, amongst others, in the previous couple of seasons, to say nothing of the way in which the group lionized Kobe Bryant.”

Those Merchant named might not have a no-contest felony conviction like Bridges, however every confronted severe allegations of home or sexual violence. Some reached personal settlements that stay sealed to this present day.

“I imagine that perpetrators of home violence deserve a second probability, however there must be a way for these gamers to precise contrition for what they’ve performed, particularly when the authorized system appears ill-equipped to take action,” Merchant continued. “Too typically, it seems like these misdeeds are wiped away the minute they signal a brand new contract. Bridges making his approach again into the NBA does not really feel materially completely different to me than Nunn or Kristaps Porzingis nonetheless having NBA careers, and it would not shock me in any respect.”

I do not actually have a seamless technique to finish this publish, so let me go away you with an excerpt from my buddy Katie Heindl, writing about Bridges (and too many others) in her “Basketball Feelings” Substack from this summer season:

In sports activities the numbers are armament for males, legal responsibility for ladies. The richer a professional athlete, the extra he can afford to pay to offset, to settle, to silence and the extra a lady with conclusive and legitimate proof of bodily hurt inflicted by mentioned professional athlete is out to get him. The numbers, even in the way in which we report on abuse and assault, are buffers. Stat traces of an athlete’s final or sometimes career-best season to shut out what needs to be strict information objects, like these which might be rapidly piling up about Bridges, act solely as a supportive framing of violence.

It feels insane to hyperlink out to so many issues I’ve written about the identical factor, however then it feels insane to jot down them, time and again. More in order that the one flimsy, mitigating response I have for myself in the face of violence and the blithe disregard of it in basketball is to jot down about it.

The actual worth of girls in this area remains to be most profound as a backdrop. I do not simply imply this as our bodies that take up violence, or the fast flurry of tales concerning the violence that may heart them in its quick aftermath, the place males like Bridges will probably be solid towards nameless ladies we perceive to be there, bearing the brunt of a life briefly (in the second) coming aside, who will go on to select up the items and by no means fairly have the ability to get out of the bigger, at all times eclipsing shadow of a “profession derailed” or worse, a redemption arc.

Katie’s publish is value studying in full, however in case it isn’t clear from every thing above, no, I do not assume the Lakers ought to do that. But as historical past has proven us with each this crew particularly {and professional} sports activities in normal, that in all probability does not matter.

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