Bucks show interest in Hornets rookie Monk

Hornets shooting guard Malik Monk is off to a solid start this season.

Along with seeking help at center, the Milwaukee Bucks apparently are aiming to find another perimeter player to add some outside shooting.

One of such player drawing their interest is Charlotte Hornets rookie guard Malik Monk, according to Gery Woelfel of Woelfel’s Press Box.

Monk is 6-foot-3 and was the No. 11 overall draft pick out of Kentucky. He has fallen out of the Hornets’ rotation, averaging 5.2 points but struggling mightily on defense.

Per Woelfel:

There is apparently a split in the Hornets’ hierarchy as to whether they should keep Monk or move him. Monk has struggled for much of the season, averaging a pedestrian 5.2 points on just 33 percent shooting.

According to the report, the Bucks went as far as contacting the Hornets to inquire if Monk is actually available. Monk, 19, is shooting just 33 percent from the floor.

Milwaukee is over the salary cap, but has a trade exception worth $5.5 million (courtesy of last season’s trade of Roy Hibbert to the Denver Nuggets).

The Bucks have also been linked to Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.