2. Malik Monk
Malik Monk nearly found himself out of the league after four wasted seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, as he didn't get many opportunities to show what made him a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Monk bounced back in 2021-22 and had a resurgence of sorts for the Los Angeles Lakers, who failed to meet the expectations of many entering the season.
Monk was easily the Lakers' best shooter, as he made 39.1 percent of his treys on a healthy 5.8 attempts per game, in addition to averaging 13.8 points per contest and 47.3 percent from the field off the bench. Monk inked a two-year deal worth $19 million with the Sacramento Kings, where he continued his resurgence, as he averaged 13.5 points, 44.8 percent from the field, and 35.9 percent from long-range.
So why exactly would the Kings want to deal Monk? Well, he's entering the final year of his deal and he will surely want a pay raise, which they may not want to give him. The Kings are strapped financially, as they have just $20 million below the tax, which doesn't leave them with much left after a Monk extension, which will probably start around $15 million.
In other words, offloading him for draft capital and Oladipo's expiring deal might be appealing, as they'd be able to acquire another shooter off the bench with said capital. In Monk, the Rockets would land one of the best scoring reserves in the league, who possesses underrated playmaking ability and is just 25-years-old.
For a team hoping to take a leap, Monk would be a perfect addition.