5. Malik Monk
In Malik Monk’s first season in Sacramento, he finished fifth in the 6th Man of the Year voting, averaging 13.5 points and 3.9 assists per game. Monk was very impressive at times for the Kings as he led the second unit, which teams could find value in such an effective scorer off the bench.
The Kings signed Monk to a two-year, $19 million deal last offseason. Monk earned his money, especially in the playoffs, where he had 32 points in Game 1 and 28 points in Game 6, both coming off the bench and both in wins. After arguably having the best season of his career, Monk’s trade value rose and could be on the market.
Malik Monk is only 25 years old, yet he has veteran experience, coming off his 6th season in the NBA. Monk is unlikely to be traded, especially with his connection with franchise point guard De’Aaron Fox, given the two were college teammates.
Monk could contribute to just about any team in the league and showed his value to a winning team for the first time in his career, coming off his first playoff appearance. A playoff team could make a move for Monk, but the Kings might not get as much in return as they would like.