Hornets’ Monk out six to eight weeks

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Malik Monk will miss the next six to eight weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured right thumb.

The injury happened at the end of the Hornets’ Summer League opener in Las Vegas on Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Monk slapped down on the ball in the final three seconds.

“It’s tough, he played so well yesterday,” Hornets coach James Borrego said following practice Saturday. “We’re not going to let this deter us. It’s a little setback right now. He’ll be in the gym and we’ll continue to work on (dribbling with) his left hand.”

Monk was drafted by the Hornets with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. He appeared in 63 games during his rookie season and averaged 6.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists, shooting 36.0 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from three.