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Report: Malik Monk reaches two-year deal with Sacramento Kings

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 5: Malik Monk #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers eaves the area after the game against the Golden State Warriors on March 5, 2022 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Lakers wanted to bring Malik Monk back, but the most they could offer was the $6.4 million taxpayer midlevel exception.

Monk and his agent knew there was a bigger payday out there, and they found it up the 5 Freeway in Sacramento, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Despite saying he would take a discount, if Monk were willing to play for the Lakers at $6.4 million that was always on the table (the Lakers eventually gave it to Lonnie Walker IV). This was a bigger payday.

Monk rehabilitated his image with the Lakers, having the best season of his career and averaging 13.8 points a game, shooting 39.1% from 3, all while playing solid defense. Now he joins a revamped Sacramento roster with
Kevin Huerter and Donte DiVincenzo, where the goal is clearly to put a lot of shooting around De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis and score their way into the playoffs in a deep West.