Bargain bin free agent wing Dallas Mavericks should target: 2. Malik Monk
Monk was one of the few bright spots for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2021-2022 season. He agreed to a one-year deal for just under $1.8 million last summer, but the 6’3 wing well outpaced that contract.
After a slow start where he struggled to earn playing time, Monk averaged 16.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 0.9 steals in 30.7 minutes per game from Christmas Day to the end of the regular season. He shot 48.3 percent from the field, 40.5 percent on his 3-point attempts, and 79.3 percent from the foul line over the 48-game sample.
Monk would inject some offense into the second unit. He can space the floor for Jalen Brunson or Spencer Dinwiddie and adds another ball-handling and playmaking outlet when the offense breaks down. The 24-year-old has plenty of room to improve too. At his peak, he could be a 18-point per game scorer on outstanding efficiency.
Monk’s defense needs to improve, but if the Dallas Mavericks are searching for a scoring guard off the bench, the 6’3 wing is likely looking at a mid-level contract this offseason. The Lakers would love to bring him back, but they only have non-Bird rights meaning they can only offer him 120 percent of his $1.8 million contract from this season. Malik Monk will likely be on a new team next season, but will it be the Mavs?