While the Minnesota Timberwolves were shopping forward Derrick Williams, the Brooklyn Nets briefly got pulled into trade rumors. However, it doesn’t appear that the Nets were ever in serious talks and the T-Wolves eventually deal Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. The deal is pending physicals for both players.
I don’t think that the Nets were ever seriously involved at all. They were listed among potential suitors, but really all they have to offer is Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans or Mason Plumlee which isn’t an especially attractive package. It’s not like Mbah a Moute is an especially better package, but obviously the T-Wolves preferred him to Teletovic.
Williams, a 22-year-old, former second overall pick, has averaged 16.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per 36 minutes with a 45.9 effective field goal percentage in parts of three seasons in the NBA. The T-Wolves have been trying to trade him for most of the past two seasons as they never felt that he was right for the team.
Mbah a Moute, 27, has dealt with knee issues in the past. He averages 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per 36 minutes with a 46.6 eFG% in his career. He was expected to step in and take over the small forward role, but the Kings obviously didn’t like what they saw from him in nine games. They could move Williams to the three, but the Timberwolves tried that during training camp, but didn’t like what they saw from him.
Williams has two years and $11.3 million left on his contract, according to ShamSports.com. Mbah a Moute has two years and $8.9 million left.