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Rumor: Knicks view Hornets’ Malik Monk as potential trade target

The New York Knicks are looking to make moves before the Feb. 6 trade deadline, reportedly eyeing Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Malik Monk as one of their potential targets, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

It’s unknown if the Knicks have had conversations with the Hornets about acquiring the 11th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but the interest is surely there.

Monk fits the mold of the type of players the Knicks have chased in recent years: a lottery pick who hasn’t really hit it off with the team that drafted him. Dennis Smith Jr., Emmanuel Mudiay, and Trey Burke are just a few of the names coming to mind in the last few years.

The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 8.0 points on 43% shooting from the floor and 25% from deep this season as a reserve. While he has shown some flashes of brilliance when given the opportunity, he hasn’t always had that available to him, considering Dwayne Bacon is taking valuable minutes from him.

The Hornets have already cemented their backcourt with offseason signing Terry Rozier and second-year stud Devonte’ Graham. Unless Malik Monk can find a way to unseat Bacon at some point, there is very little viability for him to stay with Charlotte for very long.

The Knicks haven’t exactly thrived when it comes to player development, but this is a shot they seem willing to take in the coming weeks. New York will be an interesting team to watch with the trade deadline fast approaching.