Malik Monk Labeled a Top Free Agent To Find New Home

The Kings are on the verge of losing their star sixth man this summer.
Mar 18, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports / Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2024 NBA free agency class is filled with stars like LeBron James, Paul George, and James Harden, but franchises will find gems further down the list. Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk is deemed a top-ten free agent this offseason, but his popularity on the market could come at the expense of the Californian franchise.

Bleacher Report's Greg Swartz compiled the "biggest flight risks" in the upcoming free agency class, naming Monk as one of the top free agents most likely to leave their team.

The most the Kings can offer Monk in free agency is $78 million over four years, but the Sixth Man of the Year runner-up is expected to be valued north of $100 million by other franchises. Monk made it clear after the season that money was not everything in his decision, as the game-changing guard likely wants to remain on a competitive squad.

Swartz lists three franchises as potential new homes for Monk: the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and Charlotte Hornets. These teams might be able to offer Monk the money he wants, but the Magic are the lone team of the three that is competitive enough to fit his needs.

Monk has given words of assurance that Sacramento is the right place for him and the Kings will surely do all they can to keep him, but ultimately it will be in the hands of the 26-year-old guard if he is willing to take less money to return.


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Logan Struck

LOGAN STRUCK

Logan Struck is the Deputy Editor for Inside the Kings - SI.com's team website following the Sacramento Kings.