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Sources — Malik Monk to stay with Kings on 4-year, $78M deal

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Sources — Malik Monk to stay with Kings on 4-year, M deal

Free agent guard Malik Monk intends to sign a four-year, $78 million deal — including a player option — to return to the Sacramento Kings, sources told ESPN on Thursday night.

Monk, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year runner-up, had a career-best season of 15 points and five assists and avoids free agency with the maximum deal available to him to remain with Sacramento.

His agents, Jeff Schwartz and Marcus Monk of Excel Sports, were able to begin negotiations on Tuesday with Kings GM Monte McNair and assistant GM Wes Wilcox, and Monk intends to sign the new deal once the league’s moratorium ends on July 6, sources said.

Keeping Monk was an immense priority for the franchise and allows them to continue building out the roster with confidence now that the organization has been able to retain him.

Monk, 26, has resurrected his career with the Kings and became a massive offseason priority to keep for the franchise. Monk led the NBA in points and assists off the bench last season and became one of only two players in the past 25 years to have 1,000 points and 300 assists as a reverse, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Monk helped bring the Kings back to the playoffs and play-in in consecutive seasons, ending a 16-year postseason drought. A knee injury cost him the final nine games of the regular season and the play-in tournament. Monk had nine 25 point games off the bench for the Kings, most since Eddie Johnson did it for the Kings in the 1986-1987 season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Monk was the 11th overall pick to Charlotte in the 2017 NBA draft, spending four seasons in Charlotte before signing a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for one season in 2021.

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