The Charlotte Hornets are wisely taking the safe route when it comes to getting Malik Monk on the floor.
Charlotte is anxious to see their 2017 first-round selection on the floor, but not at the expense of his long-term basketball health. Monk is likely to sit out the Mountain Dew Orlando Summer League as a result of an injury he sustained in pre-draft workouts.
It isn’t believed to be serious. With his recovery time set between two-to-four weeks, the Hornets are wise to slow-play his return to basketball.
A minor injury can become a serious one if pushed.
They’ll want Monk to be as dynamic as possible when he takes the floor in the regular season. Given what he was able to do in his lone season in Kentucky, he could be a playmaker from his debut tipoff. Monk averaged 19.8 points on 45 percent shooting while earning SEC Player and Freshman of the Year.
According to a statement they released on their website, the Hornets anticipate Monk will still be able to fully participate in preseason workouts.