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Malik Monk doubtful to play in Summer League

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Monk suffered a sprained left ankle during pre-draft workouts.

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There’s been nothing but good news for the Charlotte Hornets so far this offseason, but today’s news is a bit of bummer. The team is reporting that first round draft pick Malik Monk is doubtful to play in the Orlando Summer League after he sprained his left ankle during a pre-draft workout:

The team stated Monk’s rehab is expected to, “last two to four weeks” but he should be ready for training camp.

The injury shouldn’t be cause for concern, but it’s a shame we won’t be able to get an early look at him in Orlando. Doubtful suggests there is a chance, but I wouldn’t expect them to rush him into Summer League unless the ankle was 100 percent.

The intrigue now falls on Dwayne Bacon, who the Hornets selected in the 2nd round 40th overall, along with Johnny O’Bryant III, Treveon Graham, and Briante Weber, the three players who were on Hornets roster last season. Monk’s absence opens an opportunity for them, or another player to leave a good impression.

The Orlando Summer League starts July 1st, where the Hornets will kick things off against the Miami Heat at 11:00 am EST.