Guard Ready To Give Lakers Hometown Discount

While the Los Angeles Lakers work on the possibility of acquiring Kyrie Irving, one of the only bright spots of their 2021-22 season is apparently ready to return for a hometown discount. 

Impending free agent Malik Monk told Jovan Buha of The Athletic“they might not be able to pay me as much as I want, but I could be here and be way more comfortable as a Laker than going to any other team and they're paying me $5 million more."

The most the Lakers can offer Monk is the taxpayer midlevel exception, about $6.3 million. Monk, says Buha, could command a multi-year deal worth $10 to $12 million annually on the open market, according to multiple league sources. 

“He loved it here,” said Marcus Monk, Malik’s brother and agent. “He wants to be a Laker. … We're very loyal people. We're very thankful for the opportunity that this organization gave him. And we don't take those things lightly.”

The 23-year-old guard put up career-high numbers across the board in his first year in LA, averaging 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists, as well as shooting 39% from the three-point line. 

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