The Charlotte Hornets are embracing a youth movement (finally) and former Kentucky guard Malik Monk is a young player they hope to continue developing.
According to several sources, the Hornets plan to exercise the fourth-year option they have on Monk’s rookie scale contract.
The Hornets have exercised rookie-scale contract options for Malik Monk and Miles Bridges.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) October 25, 2019
The Hornets had until Oct. 31 to do so.
Monk has averaged 7.9 points per game through his first two seasons with Charlotte, appearing in 136 games while playing roughly 15 minutes per game. In his third-season debut on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls, Monk put up seven points and three assists in 16 minutes. He’s looked much better through the preseason and the first two games of the season than he did at any point during the last two years. Good signs.
The decision to pick up the fourth-year option on Monk probably wasn’t a tough one. The front office has expectations that he’ll take a sizable leap sometime soon and the price for Monk in 2020-21 only costs them $5.3 million. If he thrives, they have a fantastic asset and a player they can build around in the future. However, the former Kentucky guard has yet to consistently play at a high level.
He’s only 21 years old with plenty of time to grow, but the clock is ticking on his time with the Hornets. But Monk should see plenty of playing time early and often this season with the roster that Charlotte possesses. It’s going to be up to him to capitalize on every chance he gets.