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Malik Monk’s summer comes to early end due to fractured thumb

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Hornets

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: Malik Monk #1 of the Charlotte Hornets goes up for a dunk after he was fouled by the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2018 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Hornets defeated the Thunder 88-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Malik Monk had a strong opening night for the Charlotte Hornets in Las Vegas — 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three. He also racked up four assists and was just making plays. After a rough rookie season, it was a reminder of why the Hornets took him as a sharpshooter at No. 11 in the 2017 draft.

Then to help seal the win with three seconds left, he slapped down the ball into the floor — and apparently then fractured his right thumb, the team announced. He is done for the summer and will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks, according to the team.

Monk is expected to have an expanded role this season in coach James Borrego’s new up-tempo offense, with the new coach calling him a “major player” in his plans. Borrego was impressed with Monk’s shooting and thinks they can use him as a primary offensive weapon for stretches. Monk will still likely come off the bench behind Nicolas Batum, but if healthy and shooting well his role will expand.

Once his thumb heals.