Fairly certain it will count as a year regardless. Slide rules only apply to ELCs signed by 18 or 19 year-olds. I don't believe anything changed in the new CBA, but I could be wrong.
You are probably right. Malik said he believes that as soon as he plays a game, he burns a year.
At this point it seems likely that he'll be an RFA after next season. (Which really shouldn't be a cause for concern.)