Kings Rumors: Malik Monk to sign with Sacramento in NBA free agency
Malik Monk has officially reached an agreement to sign with the Sacramento Kings, according to multiple reports. Monk will join college teammate De’Aaron Fox in Sacramento on a two-year, $19 million deal.
Malik Monk signs with Sacramento a two-year contract approaching $ 20 million, according to his agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasket
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2022
The move follows 12 hours of growing rumblings that Monk is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers after a career-best season in 2021-22.
Monk, who hit career highs of 13.8 points and 2.9 assists on 47.3% shooting during the 2021-22 campaign in Los Angeles, was first linked to the Kings by Jake Bleacher Report’s Fischer during an appearance on Spotify Live with veteran NBA insider Marc Stein (emphasis mine):
“When Monk said (The Athletic) he was open to returning to the Lakers for less than mid-level, I was like ‘huh?’ Because I had heard that he could basically go back to the Lakers for the middle tier right now if he wanted to. It seems like there’s a very mutual interest there. But he’s definitely looking for more, a little Plus the numbers I’ve heard are between $8 and $12 million what the taxpayer is at $6 (million) The only team I’ve heard – and I’m not saying that’s a done deal or it’s going to happen – (and) it’s a very different situation from LA, but I know there’s a mutual interest, the only team i’ve heard to watch, so that he doesn’t go to the Lakers, is the Sacramento Kings.”
The 24-year-old Monk doesn’t do much to remedy Sacramento’s horrible defense, but he does help their lack of team shooting considerably. Monk is just 35.5 percent from three in his career, but has hovered around 40 percent in each of the past two seasons.
Looking at the roster right now, it looks like Monk will line up next to his college buddy at the shooting range, forming one of the most athletic backcourts in the league.
In his two seasons as general manager, Monk is comfortably the best player Monte McNair has signed.
Unfortunately for the rest of Sacramento’s free agency, Monk received most of the team’s non-taxpaying mid-tier exceptions, meaning Sacramento is financially limited to improve their roster through free agency.