4 Teams that could steal Malik Monk from the Kings over the summer

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3. The Philadelphia 76ers

This season has not gone as planned for the Philadelphia 76ers. James Harden wanted out and they had to ship him off to the LA Clippers. Then Joel Embiid got hurt, and rather than being one of the top teams in the East, they are currently sitting in eighth place, primed for a Play-In Tournament trip. 

On the bright side, Tyrese Maxey got a lot of time to work on his game. Averaging 25.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1 steal per game, he is one of the best guards in the East. 

Even with Embiid healthy, just those two might not be enough, however, and they have yet to bring in another dynamic scorer and playmaker to replace James Harden. Malik Monk is not as good of a player as Harden, but he checks most of the boxes. He is a much-improved playmaker, can play the one or the two, and is a dynamic three-level scorer. 

Plus, Monk is never afraid of the moment. Several times this season, he has put the team on his back late and saved the day. Next to Embiid, he wouldn’t have to do that regularly, but he could certainly help the big man in those situations and add a third threat to the team. 

Some bigger names will be hitting free agency, like Klay Thompson or DeMar DeRozan, for example, but Monk is just entering his prime and has shown real talent playing with bigs.