Bucks send Luc Mbah a Moute to Sacramento in trade deal with Kings
Along with a 2016 second-round draft pick the Bucks will also receive a second-round pick in 2016, from the Kings, while retaining the right to swap picks, according to a Journal Sentinel report.
"Just landed in Cameroon and got told I've been traded to Sacramento!!" Luc Mbah a Moute broke the news of the trade on his Twitter page.
However, the teams involved in the trade deal cannot confirm the moves until the new league year begins on Wednesday.
Last season, Mbah a Moute averaged 6.7 points on 40.1 shooting from the field and 35.1 percent from the t3-pointer range, while also 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 assist per contest with the Bucks. He also started 45 of 58 games and all four playoffs contests last season.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Mbah a Moute will bring a physical defensive presence to Kings’ roster after the team ranked at the bottom of the league in defense last season, allowing 05.1 points per game. Mbah a Moute is a versatile wing defender who could replace Tyreke Evans in the starting lineup (after the later headed to New Orleans in free agency), while helping the Kings take on a more defensive identity.
Mbah a Moute can also play small forward in smaller lineups. Currently John Salmons is the incumbent starter at the spot. Mbah a Moute’s minutes in the rotation will also be compromised by Carlos Delfino’s presence at the position, after the Kings signed him away from the Houston Rockets this offseason. The Kings also have Greek small forward Giannis Adetokunbo who was selected with the 15th pick in the 2012 draft. Earlier during the moratorium period, the Kings made an attempt at signing Andre Iguodala, before he reached an agreement for a four-year, $48 million deal with the Golden State Warriors last week.
The Kings will also take on the two years remaining on Mbah a Moute’s four-year, $19 million contract that he signed with the Bucks as a restricted free agent prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. That will cut into the Kings’ salary wiggle room this summer, which could have been spent to on signing free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis. According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the Kings have now fallen behind the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks in the pursuit of gaining Ellis’ services.