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The Lakers was the only team that showed real interest in Malik Monk last summer. During his first season in Los Angeles the 24-year-old shooting guard took a step further individually as he increased his numbers.

Not only that, he started 37 in games after starting just once over four years in Charlotte. The Lakers is his preferred destination going forward as Monk would consider taking less money to stay in L.A. rather than move elsewhere.

Via Jovan Buha of The Athletic:

Malik Monk said he’d consider accepting less money than his market price to stay with the Lakers for the taxpayer midlevel exception. “They might not be able to pay me as much as I want,” he said. “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.”

This past season Monk averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 29 assists in 28.1 minutes per game for the purple and gold.