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Malik Monk may accept less money to remain with the Lakers

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Malik Monk took a small pay cut last summer to join the Los Angeles Lakers on the veteran’s minimum one-year contract worth nearly $1.8 million.

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Monk had a brilliant season in Los Angeles and gradually improved his performance over the course of the year.

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Overall, he averaged 13.8 points in 28.1 minutes per game, while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range.

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At times, he was the Lakers’ only consistent offensive threat other than LeBron James.

But his success has created a problem, as it raised his value on the open market this summer, presumably above the mid-tier taxpayer exemption the Lakers could offer.

But now Monk has hinted that he might accept a slightly lower offer in order to stay at Purple Gold.

The mid-tier taxpayer exemption would cost between $6 million and $7 million, and many experts believe it won’t be enough to get him to agree to a new contract with Los Angeles.

Monk may be a mediocre defender, but as an instant attacker off the bench, he will continue to be a huge asset to the team next season.

In addition to his strong 3-point shooting, he is adept at attacking under the rim and finishes well under the rim, especially in transition.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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