Malik Monk has been playing the best basketball of the season of late, averaging 18 points a game over his last five games and shooting 34.5 percent from three in that stretch. He even got a start after coming off the bench all season.
Now he is out, having been suspended by the NBA for violation of the league's anti-drug policy, something the league announced Wednesday.
In an unusual step, Monk's suspension "will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program." Meaning the suspension is open-ended.
There are no other details. However, this is not what the CBA prescribes for positive marijuana or PED tests. Monk does not have any previous run-ins with the league's drug policy.
"The Charlotte Hornets are disappointed in Malik's decision making that resulted in his suspension," the Hornets said in a statement. "As an organization, we do not condone his behavior. However, we are committed to supporting Malik during this time."
How much money this costs Monk will depend upon how long he is out. He is in the third season of his rookie contract and is making $4 million this season, and is set to make $5.3 million next season.
Monk is eligible for an extension to his rookie contract after this season.