Charlotte Hornets’ third-year guard, Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy, as first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The league’s statement stated that Monk’s suspension will continue until he is “determined” to be in full compliance with the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
The suspension comes at an unfortunate time for Monk who was in the middle of the best stretch of basketball of his career. Over the Hornets’ past 13 games he was averaging 17.0 PTS, 3.6 REB, 2.5 AST per game on 45.7 percent shooting from the field, and 35 percent from three. Monk also made his first career start Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers.
The suspension is a tough blow for the Hornets who have relied on Monk’s scoring tremendously over the past month. The team is in the midst of a full youth movement – one Monk was thoroughly taking advantage of. Now the team will have to rely on the efforts of other young talent to fill the void.
Would not be surprised if Dwayne Bacon is called up from the G-League for Friday’s game in Toronto in the wake of Monk’s absence. He’s averaging 39.5 points per game in four appearances for the Greensboro Swarm since his player-driven assignment last Wednesday. Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, and Jalen McDaniels (possibly Joe Chealey) will also likely see increased minutes as a result of Monk’s absence.
The Hornets official statement on Monk’s suspension:
“We are disappointed in Malik’s decision-making that resulted in his suspension. As an organization, we do not condone his behavior. However, we are committed to supporting Malik during this time.”
The substance/drug Malik Monk tested positive for has not yet been revealed along with any information to whether he had failed a drug test in the past.