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Ex-Laker makes prediction about team after leaving

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After surviving the Los Angeles Lakers’ disaster movie last season, one player has a prediction for how they will fare next season without him.

Speaking with TMZ Sports over the weekend, new Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk touched on his ex-Lakers teammates. Specifically, he predicted that LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook will find a way to work it out.

“They grown men,” said Monk. “Especially when they have convos like that. It will work out for them because they’re all great.”

Monk is referring to a reported phone conversation that James, Davis, and Westbrook recently had. During the conversation, they supposedly made a notable commitment to one another amid the continuing uncertainty over their future together.

Granted, it may be difficult for the Lakers to make it work without Monk. The ex-lottery pick was the next highest scorer after the Lakers’ Big Three and was also the team’s best overall three-point shooter. The Lakers might struggle to replicate Monk’s spot-up shooting and off-the-bounce creativity, especially since their free agent signings this offseason (Lonnie Walker IV, Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown Jr., etc.) have been guys at different positions who possess different skillsets. But there may still be hope if some of the Lakers’ trade talks come to fruition.

Lakers lose key player to division rival

Rob Pelinka at a press conference

Sep 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka answers a question during the Lakers media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, CA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Free agency is starting off on the wrong foot for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Thursday that Lakers guard Malik Monk is signing a two-year, $19 million free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings. Monk will be reunited with former backcourt partner De’Aaron Fox, whom he played with at the University of Kentucky.

Monk, 24, was one of the precious few bright spots for the 33-49 Lakers last season. Playing on a minimum deal, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as a very steady scorer and creator for the Lakers.

Now Monk will be leaving for a contract that is far more reflective of his true value. His recent comments about supposedly wanting to take a discount to stay with the Lakers ended up aging pretty poorly however.

Key Lakers free agent hinting at re-signing with team?

Rob Pelinka at a press conference

Sep 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka answers a question during the Lakers media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, CA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers could be keeping their holiness this offseason by re-signing their resident Monk.

Lakers shooting guard Malik Monk, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer, hinted on Monday at returning to the team. Monk even said that money is not his top priority.

“Money is always a part, man, but I don’t think it’s the biggest priority in my free agency this year,” Monk told The Athletic’s Jovan Buha. “It’s me feeling like I’m having a home and [that] I can go out there and do the same things I did this year.

“They might not be able to pay me as much as I want,” the ex-lottery pick added of the Lakers. “But I could be here and be way more comfortable as a Laker than going to any other team [that would pay] me $5 million more. So it’s just me trying to figure out what team would really want me.”

Buha adds that Monk could command a multi-year deal worth roughly $10-12 million annually but that Monk will consider staying with the Lakers for the taxpayer’s midlevel exception (worth about $6 million). You can read more on Monk’s offseason situation as well as that of the Lakers team as a whole in Buha’s full piece here.

Monk, 24, was one of the few acquisitions that panned out for the Lakers during their calamitous 2021-22 campaign. He played out the season on a one-year minimum deal and produced well for the team with 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game on 47.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from deep.

The Lakers appear to be shooting for Jupiter right now with some of their other summer plans. But they may have something to celebrate regardless with Monk’s potential return to Tinseltown.

Lakers’ social media team has turned surprising player into scapegoat

LeBron James looking on

The finger-pointing for the Los Angeles Lakers’ dismal season continues, and it appears to be making a scapegoat of an unlikely player on the roster.

Content creator Kenny Beecham shared some research this week about the final-score graphics that have been posted by the Lakers’ social media team this year. Beecham found that LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook have combined for zero total appearances on graphics following losses. Instead, Malik Monk has been featured the most times on post-loss graphics with ten total appearances out of 43 losses. Meanwhile, the James-Davis-Westbrook trio has featured 19 total times when it comes to post-win graphics (compared to just three times for Monk). The Lakers have 31 wins.

Here are examples of the post-loss graphics that have often featured Monk.

Meanwhile, Lakers wins are almost all James, Davis, and Westbrook.

Subtly scapegoating Monk for the team’s losses is pretty misguided. Monk is by no means a perfect player — he struggles with defense, consistency, and creating for others. But he is on a minimum deal and, as one of their best pure shooters and scorers, is the one offseason signing that actually worked out for the Lakers. They completely whiffed on several others (like Kendrick Nunn, Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza, and DeAndre Jordan to name a few).

At the same time, players who are making much more money have been way bigger problems. For Westbook, who is making $44.2 million this season, his struggles have been very well-documented. Davis, who is making $35.4 million, has missed over half the season and couldn’t hit the side of a barn from deep even when he was healthy. Even James, making $41.2 million, has become a glorified stat-padder this season who does not really make those around him better any more.

Monk himself recently had some concerning comments about the Lakers’ lack of accountability. Their social media team turning Monk into the fall guy would definitely seem to fit that billing as well.

H/T NBA Reddit

Photo: Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers guard has concerning comments about team’s dynamics

LeBron James looking on

To call the Los Angeles Lakers a red-hot sewer fire this season would be putting it rather kindly. Now one of their players is essentially confirming that the team has all sorts of dysfunction coming from within.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN wrote a compelling feature on first-year Lakers guard Malik Monk this week. As part of the feature, Monk spoke about his close relationship with rookie teammate Austin Reaves and offered some concerning comments about the Lakers’ team dynamics in the process.

“S—, everything,” said Monk of what he talks about with Reaves. “Ups and downs. Rookie wall. Older guys yelling at the rookies because it’s their fault. Everything they do, it’s your fault out there because they know everything and you don’t and when you mess up, you just got to take it. You got to deal with things like that. I talk to Austin almost every day.”

McMenamin’s article is an interesting, in-depth examination of Monk’s NBA journey, both with the Lakers and with the Charlotte Hornets prior to that. You can read it in full here.

The Lakers’ failure to take accountability, especially on defense, has indeed been a fatal flaw for them this year. They rank 18th in the NBA in defensive rating, and breakdowns on that end of the floor are all too common. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony are particularly guilty of yelling at others for blown assignments when they themselves often put forth pathetic defensive efforts.

There are plenty of reasons why the Lakers, who are now 30-41, have badly flopped this season. But the finger-pointing dysfunction that you will notice just about any time you put on a Lakers game has to be among the biggest, something that Monk and the team’s other young players know all too well.

H/T NBA Reddit

Photo: Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Monk dating famous ex of former Laker?

Malik Monk in his Lakers uniform

Malik Monk appears to be making the most of his first year in Los Angeles.

The Lakers guard sparked dating rumors this week after he was spotted on a Valentine’s Day date Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

Some on Twitter pointed out that the date was a long time in the making after Monk tried to court Azalea on Instagram back in 2018.

Azalea is well-known in NBA circles, especially when it comes to the Lakers. She famously used to be engaged to former Lakers guard Nick Young, who played for the team from 2013 to 2017. Young’s alleged infidelity to Azalea even sparked a major controversy in the Lakers locker room.

As for Monk, he already explained earlier this season how he is drawing inspiration from Young. Now Monk is taking another page from Young’s playbook … albeit one that Young probably will not appreciate.

Photo: Jan 30, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) brings the ball up the court against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers guard reveals hilarious way Nick Young has inspired him

Nick Young

Nick Young may no longer be with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the influence of the swag champion is still ever-present in the organization.

Lakers shooting guard Malik Monk revealed to reporters on Monday that he has drawn inspiration from the former Lakers swingman Young. Monk said that he was 17 when he heard Young’s famous quote that he only got tattoos on his left arm because his right shooting arm was “strictly for buckets.” As such, Monk followed suit and now has an almost full sleeve of tattoos on his left arm but none on his right.

Monk added later on in the interview that he has not taken any other life advice from Young.

The now 36-year-old Young was one of the most entertaining Lakers players in recent memory, getting more than his fair share of buckets with that right arm in his four seasons with the team. For his part, Monk seems to be doing just fine following Young’s lead as he is averaging 11.3 points per game off the bench as a first-year Laker this season.

It is probably a good thing though that Monk has not tried to imitate Young in any other regard. Along with his highlights over the years, Young also produced plenty of truly boneheaded moments as well.

Photo: Dec 10, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Denver Nuggets guard Nick Young (34) during the second half against the against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Monk frustrated about not playing for Hornets

Malik Monk

The Charlotte Hornets have been a nice story to start the season, but one player who is not having much fun is Malik Monk.

Monk, the fourth-year Hornets guard, said this week that he was frustrated about being out of the rotation so far this year.

“Super, super, super freaking frustrating, the waiting,” said Monk, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “The month of February, I finally became an NBA player, finally got the minutes I thought I deserved a couple of years ago. I was proving myself. And that’s all I really could ask for at that point.

“It’s super frustrating, when I know I can help a lot,” Monk added.

The 22-year-old Monk is referring to the strong production and consistent minutes he had been getting prior to the NBA shutdown in March. His 10.3 points in 21.3 minutes per game on the season were both career-highs. But the Hornets did not qualify for an invite to the Orlando bubble, meaning that Monk has not played since.

Charlotte drafted LaMelo Ball with the No. 3 overall pick this offseason, and with the solid play of Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier, it was obvious that minutes might be hard to come by for Monk. The former lottery pick also missed time in training camp due to a bout with COVID-19, putting him at an even greater disadvantage.

Monk seems to have a good relationship with Ball, who effectively got his minutes. But he definitely does not sound like a happy camper otherwise.

Malik Monk willing to give up his jersey number to LaMelo Ball?

LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball is trying to finesse Malik Monk for his jersey number, and Monk seems receptive.

Ball wears jersey No. 1, but Monk has worn that number during his three seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. That presented a conflict for LaMelo, who was selected third overall by the Hornets in Wednesday’s NBA Draft.

Lonzo, who is LaMelo’s oldest brother, tried to get the ball rolling on behalf of LaMelo. He tweeted Monk suggesting the former Kentucky star might want to switch back to No. 5, which is what the guard wore in college.

Monk responded on Friday by saying he couldn’t do a switch.

However, things changed a day later.

Nic Batum, who wore No. 5 in Charlotte, was waived by the Hornets via the stretch provision on Saturday to make room for Gordon Hayward’s contract. After that news came out, Monk wrote back to Lonzo and said he was willing to work something out for the jersey number swap.

Now everyone can be happy. Monk can get his college number back, while LaMelo can get his No. 1.

A jersey number may not seem like much of a big deal, but it’s important in marketing for the Balls, who are fairly tied to their numbers.

Now that the number issue appears to be worked out, we need LaVar and Michael Jordan to play 1-on-1 next.

Malik Monk suspended for violating NBA’s anti-drug policy

Malik Monk

Malik Monk has been suspended for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program, and no date has been set yet for when the Charlotte Hornets guard will be eligible to return.

On Wednesday, the NBA issued a statement announcing that Monk has been suspended and will not be cleared until he is in compliance with the league’s Anti-Drug Program. The suspension will begin with Wednesday night’s game against the New York Knicks.

Monk, a former No. 11 overall pick out of Kentucky, has been playing some of his best basketball of the season this month. He has averaged 16.7 points per game since the start of February and had back-to-back games with 25 points. The Hornets, however, are just 19-38 and not in playoff contention.

Monk was the subject of trade rumors prior to the deadline, but he ended up remaining with the Hornets. The 22-year-old is in his third NBA season.