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Charlotte Hornets Pick Up Fourth-Year Option on Malik Monk

(Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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 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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

5 Comments for Charlotte Hornets Pick Up Fourth-Year Option on Malik Monk

  1. ukcamel
    1:21 am October 26, 2019 Permalink

    The hornets have done more to f-k up Monk than any player I’ve ever seen. Been a STH last few years and couldn’t see worse player development. I don’t blame B. but old coach and Choa and Jordan have not helped—trying to not be a D.

  2. DelrayCat
    1:41 am October 26, 2019 Permalink

    It appears to me MM’s best fit is as the microwave 6th man off the bench. A shoot-first scorer on that second team. I doubt he will ever be a consistent NBA starter for anyone.

    • DelrayCat
      1:44 am October 26, 2019 Permalink

      Not because he doesn’t have the talent. He is just not a good enough defender (and a little small) to guard most NBA 2 guards. His game is a little too one dimensional at this point.

    • DelrayCat
      1:51 am October 26, 2019 Permalink

      WOW…I just saw the box score on the game today. MM has more turnovers (2) than points (0) in 20 minutes…and a plus-minus of -31! Wow.

    • Bored_Dome
      2:16 am October 26, 2019 Permalink

      i generally agree woth your assesment, but it is important to note that the hornets are awful