• Speaking to reporters on Monday, Hornets’ coach Steve Clifford said that Malik Monk is not in the doghouse and that he likes Monk’s potential, envisioning a bright future for the former Kentucky guard.

    Clifford is adamant that moving Monk out of the rotation wasn’t a punishment. The Hornets were underperforming defensively early in the season and the return of Michael Carter-Williams has pushed Monk completely out of the rotation. As expected, he has struggled shooting the ball and a lot has to do with the fact that he has been playing point guard after being a shooting guard at the college level. He is also still adjusting to NBA defensive schemes and should only be stashed in Dynasty leagues.

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