The NBA is coming back, and so is Malik Monk. The Charlotte Hornets reinstated the guard during the NBA’s hiatus, according to the team’s General Manager. Monk was suspended without pay in February for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
ESPN NBA reporter Malika Andrews broke the news on Twitter Monday morning during the Hornets end-of-season press conference.
Speaking at an end of season press conference, Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak says Malik Monk — who was suspended in February for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy — was reinstated during the hiatus.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 8, 2020
The former Cat was starting to become a real contributor for Charlotte in the days and weeks before his suspension, and he recorded his first career NBA start the night before the Hornets announced the suspension. On the (shortened) season, Monk averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 21.3 minutes per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor. He played in 55 games during his third season in Charlotte, and he had back-to-back 25 point performances the week before his suspension.
The Hornets (23-42) did not qualify for the league’s 22-team season restart at Disney World in Orlando, so Monk will have to wait until next season to officially make his return.