Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk could have been the newest member of the New York Knicks if a trade had been reached before the trade deadline.
“Prior to the deadline, I heard he was somebody that they were listening to offers for already. I heard some noise the Knicks were going for him prior to the deadline,” Kevin O’Connor said on The Ringer NBA Show, per Joe Giglio of NJ.com. “It’s odd, maybe they’ve soured on him quickly.”
This isn’t the first time that the Knicks have shown interest in Monk. Last year Monk thought he was going to New York but was passed by the Knicks in the draft.
“Me, my agent, everybody in my agency, my family — we thought we were going to New York,” Monk told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News last year. “It was here, my agent is here (based in New York), a great agent, everybody thought it was going to be here. Went to dinner with (Jackson), had a great workout, everything was positive.”
He said of his feedback from the Knicks, “They told me I was a shooter, a great shooter,” Monk said of his feedback from the Knicks. “They were just really trying to tell me to learn how to work off the triangle. They were trying to teach me concepts about the triangle.”
The Knicks ended up drafting French point guard Frank Ntilikina and Monk ended up with the Hornets. This season Monk is averaging five points, 1.2 assists, and 0.9 rebounds. Last Sunday the Hornets rookie was cited by the cops for careless driving and no proof of insurance after being involved in a car crash.
“I was driving, looked down for a second then I just hit a bump. Happened fast,” the Hornets rookie told police, per TMZ Sports.
The question now, “Will the Knicks pursue Monk this summer or are they not interested in him anymore?”