Updating a previous report, Monk has avoided a fractured right thumb and is now considered day-to-day.
Monk was diagnosed with a fractured right thumb over the weekend and was given a timetable of 6-to-8 weeks. However, after being reevaluated at some point over the last few days, tests revealed that he's actually avoided a significant injury. The Hornets haven't revealed an updated timetable and are instead listing him as day-to-day, which suggests a return may not be far off. Monk was playing with the Hornets' summer league team prior to suffering the injury, though even if he does get cleared in the near future, it seems unlikely Charlotte will risk his health further by letting him rejoin the action. Look for additional updates to be provided as Monk moves through the recovery process.
Monk suffered a broken right thumb Saturday and will be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
This is an unfortunate development for the Hornets and Monk, who was using summer league as a way to gain some confidence and experience following a disappointing rookie campaign where he shot 36.0 percent from the field. The guard could be sidelined for up to two months, meaning his availability for the start of training camp is in jeopardy.
Monk posted a team-high 23 points (9-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-3 FT) to go along with two assists, two steals and a rebound in 27 minutes during Friday's 88-87 summer league victory over the Thunder.
Monk, pegged as a scorer coming out of Kentucky last season, did just that Friday. He struggled during his rookie campaign, shooting just 36.0 percent from the field in his 853 total minutes. But, having another year under his belt could make him more comfortable heading into the upcoming season. We'll see how things play out on that front as summer league continues.
Monk contributed 17 points (6-16 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two assists across 25 minutes during a 119-93 win over the Pacers on Tuesday.
Monk closed the season with his sixth consecutive double-figure scoring effort in the win. He didn't get his points efficiently, as he mostly struggled from beyond the arc. The team has to be encouraged with Monk's finish to the season, as it was easily his best stretch of the play on the year.
Monk finished with 22 points (8-17 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five assists and two steals in 24 minutes during Sunday's 123-117 loss to Indiana.
Monk was a standout again for the Hornets, finishing with a team-high 22 points to go with five assists. He has turned things around over the past two weeks, having now scored in double-digits in seven of his last eight games. Perhaps the Hornets should have unleashed him earlier as their season has basically been one disaster after another. He has shown he has some upside and whether that comes to fruition next season will depend entirely on his opportunities.
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