Malik Monk signing two-year, $19 million deal with Sacramento Kings

Free agent guard Malik Monk is signing a two-year, $19 million deal to join the Sacramento Kings, his brother and agent Marcus Monk told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

The 24-year-old Monk was one of the rare bright spots for a disappointing Los Angeles Lakers team last season, with career-high averages in minutes (28.1), points (13.8), assists (2.9) and one true Shooting rate (59.7%).

He adds depth to Sacramento in a backcourt that lost Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield after the Kings pulled from them at close last season.

Drafted 11th overall in the 2017 draft, Monk spent the first four seasons of his career at Charlotte but struggled to get consistent touches amid a crowded backcourt that included Terry Rozier, LaMelo Ball and Devonte’ Graham .

At the Lakers, Monk was given more responsibility as the roster was thinned out due to injuries. He played the second most total minutes of anyone on LA’s roster and was one of the few players to have a positive point difference on the court.

After the All-Star break, Monk started in 18 of LA’s last 24 games and averaged 15.6 points per game while shooting 37.6% from 3 on more than six tries. Malik Monk signing two-year, $19 million deal with Sacramento Kings

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