We had heard strong rumors throughout the weekend suggesting that Luc Richard Mbah A Moute would be signing a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, and although specific details of his contract still aren’t out yet, he has officially signed a contract with the Kings, according to the teams twitter account.
Luc signs his Kings contract! pic.twitter.com/mmhekXBr1q— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 14, 2015
Mbah A Moute appeared in 9 games for the Kings in the 2013-14 season before he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that landed the Kings former second overall pick Derrick Williams. Mbah A Moute’s first tenure in Sacramento was unsuccessful thanks to his reoccurring knee issues.
The good news is that Mbah A Moute played a career high 28.6 minutes per game last season for the Philadelphia 76ers, and while it would be foolish to predict a full 82 game season out of Luc, he’s healthier now than he has been in a long time.
In his first run with Sacramento we saw Mbah A Moute play primarily at small forward, and since the Kings traded him to Minnesota two seasons ago he’s transitioned over to power forward. The move has suited him and his knees well. He’s still undersized for that spot, and isn’t going to put up the kind of rebounding numbers you’d like to see out of an appropriately sized four, but as another bench contributing veteran Mbah A Moute will be a welcomed, versatile addition.
Mbah A Moute finished 18th of 81 qualified power forwards in defensive rating last season (credit to Bobby Gerould for that stat), and The Prince has always been a stud on that end of the court.
Between Mbah A Moute, Kosta Koufos, and Willie Cauley-Stein, George Karl is going to have some versatile, dynamic defensive options at his disposal this season.