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NBPA filing grievance over Kings voiding Mbah a Moute's contract

The NBPA is filing a grievance against the Kings, alleging they improperly voided Mbah a Moute's deal.

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The Sacramento Kings are facing a grievance from the National Basketball Players Association, under the allegation that the Kings voided Luc Mbah a Moute's contract without legitimate cause. This report comes to us from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the NBPA will officially file the grievance early next week.

Mbah a Moute's representatives at Wasserman Media Group and NBPA officials, armed with independent medical examinations that produced playing clearances, are disputing the legitimacy of the Kings' process and the findings to declare a failed physical, league sources said.

Mbah a Moute had signed a $1.5 million deal before the Kings voided it due to a failed physical. Many assumed it was due to Mbah a Moute's oft-troubled knees, but Woj reports it was due to a shoulder injury that the Kings medical staff felt was cause for concern.

This certainly wouldn't be the first time that a player's deal was voided after a physical, only to be cleared by a different medical staff. Perhaps the most notable instance was the Oklahoma City Thunder voiding a trade to acquire Tyson Chandler. Oklahoma City's doctors felt Chandler was a risk due to toe injuries. That situation, however, was a trade rather than a free agent contract.

It remains unclear how the NBPA will prove any impropriety by the Kings.