• On Monday, the Hornets announced that rookies Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon were being sent to Greensboro to play for the G-League Swarm.

    While this could be seen as a demotion, it certainly isn’t punishment, as the Hornets are just exercising an opportunity for two young guys who aren’t playing to get some minutes on a practice day. Lately, both Monk and Bacon have mostly sat and watched. Associate head coach Stephen Silas shortened the rotation after a loss to the Lakers on December 9th. Silas said that this is a time to prioritize chasing wins over developing youngsters. The Hornets are eight games away from the season’s midpoint with an impending West Coast trip. If something doesn’t improve quickly then it makes sense to lean towards development and Monk should be on your radar as a candidate for heavy minutes later in the season.

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