The owner of Monk has formally reached an agreement to sign with Sacramento Kings, according to multiple reports. Monk will once again join fellow college mate D’Aaron Fox in Sacramento on a two-year, $19 million contract.
Owner Monk signs with Sacramento on a two-year deal approaching $20 million, according to his agent Jeff Schwartz of Tweet embed
– Mark Stein (@TheSteinLine) 30 June 2022
This move comes after 12 hours of growing grumbling that the monk will leave Los Angeles Lakers After the best season in the 2021-22 rally.
The Monk, who averaged 13.8 career points and 2.9 shooting assists at 47.3% over the course of the 2021-22 campaign in Los Angeles, was first linked to The Kings by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report while appearing on Spotify Live with Veteran Mark Stein, NBA Insider (focus on me):
“When I told Monk (The Athletic) that he’s ready to return to the Lakers below the mid-level, I was like, ‘Huh? Because I heard he could go back to the Lakers mid-level now, if he wanted to. There seems to be a very mutual interest there. But he’s definitely looking for more, a little bit more, the numbers I’ve heard are between $8 million and $12 million, which is The equivalent of $6 million for taxpayers.The only team I’ve heard–and I’m not saying this is a done deal or it’s going to happen–(and) it’s a very different case from L.A., but I know there’s a common interest, The only team I’ve heard that needs to be looked for, so as not to go to the Lakers, is the Sacramento Kings. “
Monk, 24, doesn’t do much to counter Sacramento’s horrific defense, but he helps them with their lack of team shooting in a major way. Monk averages just 35.5% of three in his career, but has been hovering around 40% in each of the past two seasons.
Looking at the roster currently, it looks like Monk will enter alongside his college buddy in shooting guard, and make up one of the league’s sportiest backfields.
In his two seasons as general manager, Monk was the best player Monty McNair signed.
Unfortunately for the rest of the Sacramento free agency, Monk received most of the team’s non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which means Sacramento is financially limited in improving its roster across the free agency.