Southeast Notes: Monk, Hornets, Magic, Iguodala

Malik Monk is waiting for the Hornets to give him a chance after his bout with COVID-19 earlier this month, writes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. Monk hasn’t gotten into a game yet this season and is fighting for playing time on a roster that’s much deeper at the wing than it was last year.

Monk will be a free agent when the offseason arrives, and the Hornets can make him restricted with a $7.3MM qualifying offer. He views this season as an audition for his NBA future.

“This is the big one. A big step to show what I can do,” Monk said. “With other teams, not only the Charlotte Hornets. To show other teams what I can do and how productive I can be. I can’t do that if I’m not on the court, but I don’t control that.”

Monk was hoping for better after a breakthrough performance in February when he averaged 17.0 PPG on 46% shooting in 13 games. However, before the month ended, he was suspended indefinitely for a violation of the NBA’s drug policy. Monk said he hasn’t received much feedback from coaches about what he needs to do to earn minutes.

“Super, super, super freaking frustrating (with) the waiting,” he said. “The month of February, I finally became an NBA player, finally got the minutes I thought I deserved a couple of years ago. I was proving myself. And that’s all I really could ask for at that point.”

 There’s more from the Southeast Division:
  • Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward have formed an instant chemistry as Hornets teammates, observes Sam Perley of They spent two years together with the Celtics, but Hayward was injured for much of that time. “Based on what I see, I think they play off each other well,” coach James Borrego said. “I’m sure they understand each other’s game at a higher level than if they just came in blindly to this situation. There’s history there, there’s chemistry, there’s connection. I think that helps us right now.”
  • The Magic are enjoying the benefits of their Serge Ibaka trade in 2017, notes Josh Cohen of With Ibaka headed toward free agency, Orlando shipped him to the Raptors at the deadline in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick. Ross is still a productive player for the Magic, and the pick eventually helped acquire Markelle Fultz from the Sixers.
  • The Heat used Andre Iguodala as a starter tonight, allowing him to extend a streak that began in 2004, tweets Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. Iguodala has started at least one game in every calendar year since entering the league, but tonight marked his first start since the 2019 NBA Finals.
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18 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Monk, Hornets, Magic, Iguodala

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      I can’t believe Miami is paying him $15M/year (turning 37 next month), although there’s no way they should exercise his team option in 2021.

      • Sillivan

        It’s possible
        15 million salary filler to trade for an all star
        Herro Robinson Iggy for Harden mvp in August
        Sign and trade Robinson

      • mike.honcho

        Everyone knows the deal with Iggy, he’s a winner, a valuable vet brought in for those tight playoff moments – he came through in those East playoff matches last season.

        His salary is also useful for potential trades and ends in 2021. in time for a (it was supposed to be) loaded FA class.

        Nothing to see here, move along.

        • Marty McRae

          Iggy has an elite basketball IQ, maybe the highest in the league. His skillset doesn’t match it nor do his stat lines, but you can absolutely guarantee he makes every player around him better. No coincidence they beat down Giannis last night with Iggy replacing Butler.

  1. Sillivan

    Iguodala is Current Leader of Consecutive nba Finals appearance 6
    Cook 3
    Danny Green 2
    LeBron 1
    McGee 1

    Is this correct?

  2. Sillivan

    Today the biggest news
    LaMelo teaches Luka how to play basketball
    LaMelo 22, 8, 5
    Luka 10, 5, 2

    LaMelo 7-10, 4-5
    Luka 4-10, 0-5

  3. kingsforever 2

    Omg. One good game Ball, one bad game Doncic and this is a case for you to saying Ball is over Doncic?

    It’s nice for Ball and I looking forward for him. I wish him a good heath career but it’s very important hhim don’t overhyped. Ball will playing games with 5 Points 2/10 too.

  4. nentwigs

    It is a MYSTERY as to why the Hornets have not yet
    to pair with
    together they could
    the competition !!

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