Steve Clifford: Ankle injury for Malik Monk still “significant”

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Charlotte Hornets first round draft pick Malik Monk missed all of the NBA summer league this year with an ankle injury. The team previously mentioned that his expected rehab time would be between two and four weeks. However, we now know that Monk could be out for significant time moving forward.

According to Hornets coach Steve Clifford, Monk’s ankle injury is still “significant” and causing him enough issues that he is not yet able to undergo rigorous training.

This information comes to us from the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, who had lots of injury and rotation updates for us this week.

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While Monk will apparently be around for a public practice on September 30, it is still unclear whether he will be ready to start the season. Don’t expect Monk to start for the Hornets even though he was a prized prospect and a great 3-point shooter at Kentucky — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will hold his spot on the wing.

The Hornets are also hoping they can get Michael Carter-Williams back on the floor sooner rather than later, as the former rookie of the year is doubtful to start the season with a knee injury.