I hope you guys haven't fallen in love with Luc Mbah a Moute too much yet, because it looks like he could be headed to Minnesota. Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the Kings are in "advanced talks with the Timberwolves to trade Luc for former #2 pick Derrick Williams. The Kings interest in Derrick Williams was reported last week by Chad Ford.
Timberwolves, I'm told, are in advanced discussions with Sacramento on a deal that would swap Derrick Williams for Luc Mbah A Moute— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 26, 2013
Not yet known if deal could expand to include more pieces but if sealed would give Williams fresh start & reunite Luc M w/UCLA pal KLove— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 26, 2013
The Kings traded two second round picks this summer for Mbah a Moute, and he's been playing well as Sacramento's starting Small Forward. Williams, meanwhile, has struggled in Minnesota, and this year is seeing career lows in most major categories.
This trade, if it does occur, makes sense for both teams. Mbah a Moute, while good, makes much more sense on a team situated to win now, while a young player like Williams gives Sacramento another asset with potential. Williams is just 22 years old, and might benefit from a change of scenery.
We will update as more news comes in.
UPDATE 4:55 P.M.:
Yahoo's Marc Spears chimes in saying the trade is basically done pending a physical for Luc.
Trade sending D Williams to SAC from MIN for Luc Mbah a Moute to be completed if latter passes physical Tue due to knee concerns,source says— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 26, 2013
Kings forward Luc Mbah a Moute has had knee concerns since preseason, but source tells Yahoo it was to be real bad for Wolves not to do it.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 26, 2013
No picks, cash or other players expected to be involved in Williams-Luc deal, sources say. Wolves have been very eager to move Williams.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 26, 2013