Lakers Expected to Sign Breakout Guard to New Contract
April 25, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for ways to improve their roster. General Manager Rob Pelinka has to remove players who failed to improve the game, replacing them with better options. It’s time to get some nice players in free agency. As you may already know, the Lakers already have some great guys on their roster. Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report reported that the Lakers may decide to sign the breakout guard.
Malik Monk makes perfect sense for the team. He was one of the most consisted players on the Lakers roster. Yes, the 2021-22 NBA season was really terrible, but Monk was a bright star on the Lakers roster. He is entering the open market and maybe Pelinka should get him back on the Lakers roster.
“It hit me hard when nobody wanted me except the Lakers in free agency”
Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report reported that Monk will probably stay in LA.
“If someone wants to shower Monk with cash this summer, that probably outweighs any sentimental vibes the Lakers have built up. But if the money isn’t that much more than L.A. can offer (the mid-level exception), his familiarity with and comfort in the system could keep him around.”
Monk is really excited about his time in LA. He likes the Lakers and the Lakers like him as well. Monk is shooting 47.3% from the field and 39.1% from deep.
“It’s really me being comfortable, feeling at home, whether that’s here or somewhere else with a little money, or more money,” Monk said in his exit interview. “It’s really me feeling at home most of the time. The money matters, but I know what I can do on the court, and I can go out there and earn that, and I think I’ve proved that.”
The competition is not really big this time and Monk won’t have a hard time finding himself home somewhere else.
Monk had an excellent relationship with former Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. The latter is no longer part of the team, but Monk respects every bit of his coaching.
“I love the man. He gave me a chance. As I said, this is the only team that called me in the offseason and really gave me a chance. I talked to Frank and Rob, so yeah, I have nothing bad to say about him. All praise goes to him because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have had a chance to play basketball. I probably wouldn’t be here, so kudos to Frank.”
Monk will have a chance to work with a new coach next season. The Lakers will have a new coach, but he may still go somewhere else. Let’s see what the future holds for him.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.