Some members of the New York Knicks organization view Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk as a trade target worth pursuing, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.
It’s not clear however, if the two sides have had conversations about the No. 11 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Knicks are interested in acquiring a “starter-level” player who can help the team this season, as well as in the future.
This could be a challenge though because the front office is reportedly reluctant to part ways with their future first-round picks and their younger assets like RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox or Mitchell Robinson.
Monk, who turns 22 next month, hasn’t developed like the Hornets thought he would when they drafted him.
He is averaging 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting only 25.2 percent from three-point.
Monk has consistently played minutes in the teens and 20s and has yet to play 30 minutes in a game this season.
Whether or not the Knicks pursue Monk, the team seems likely to be active at the trade deadline, as contenders around the league are monitoring veteran Marcus Morris.