4 Kings who definitely won't be back, 3 who shouldn't return next season

These Kings likely won’t return to Sacramento for the 2024-25 season.
Sacramento Kings, Malik Monk
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Won’t be back: Malik Monk

Monk is coming off arguably his best season. He set new career highs by scoring 15.4 points and dishing out 5.1 assists. Monk played 26.0 minutes per game and was a key cog for the Kings. He suffered a knee injury in early April, which ended his season, but the 6’3 guard still appeared in 72 contests.

Monk becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be looking for a massive payday. He made under $10 million in 2024 and has pocketed $36.6 million in his first seven NBA seasons. Expect one of the league’s best sixth men to ask for $20-plus million per year.

That would put the Kings right at the luxury tax line with three open roster spots. Sacramento is unlikely to pay the tax. Unless they can convince Monk to take a discount to stay, he will likely depart in free agency. The Kings will have nobody to blame, but themselves. Still, it is always disappointing for the team and their fans to watch someone leave without a return.

The Sacramento Kings must improve their roster this offseason. That task gets more difficult if Monk departs in free agency. The Kings should do everything possible to keep him and make a few bold trades, but does the front office do it? It will be a fascinating summer, so please stay tuned.